Cebu inmate found dead

A 52-YEAR-OLD inmate of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) was found dead with a rope around his neck Monday dawn, March 5.

The Homicide Section of the Cebu City Police Office identified the inmate as Eutiquio Morante, a native of Barangay Consuelo, San Francisco town on Camotes Islands.

The police responded to the alarm at 4:51 a.m. Monday and saw the inmate in a kneeling position with a white nylon rope around his neck.

The other end of the rope was tied to a steel pipe used as a clothesline in the laundry area of the jail.

A fellow inmate who was about to pee saw the victim, motionless.

Investigators saw no foul play but the inmate's remains will be subjected to an autopsy.

CPDRC acting warden Roberto Legaspi said they have yet to find a possible motive for Morante to kill himself.

Legaspi said they found no record at the jail’s infirmary that could point to Morante suffering from any health problem before the incident.

Morante was detained at CPDRC two years ago over a rape charge.

Legaspi said they already informed Morante’s family about his death.

Meanwhile, the inmate who attempted to escape after attending a hearing in Talisay City has been placed in isolation, a jail official said yesterday.

Supt. Reynante Rubio, Cebu City Jail warden, told SunStar Cebu that following the escape attempt of inmate Cresencio Nadera Jr., the two jail guards assigned to escort him during the hearing last Wednesday are also facing an investigation.

Nadera is a detainee of the Cebu City Jail, not CPDRC as earlier reported.

Nadera had just attended a hearing on charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives at the Talisay City Hall of Justice when he and his jail guards decided to eat in a carenderia. (JOB, JKV)

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