Manila Bulletin

Calls for jus­tice for mur­dered ac­coun­tancy stu­dent mount


LAPU-LAPU CITY – Calls for jus­tice and the restora­tion of the death penalty are mount­ing over the killing of Karen Kaye Mon­te­bon, a day af­ter the 17-year-old Univer­sity of San Car­los ac­coun­tancy stu­dent was found dead un­der her bed.

There are in­di­ca­tions that Mon­te­bon, who was found life­less when his fa­ther, James, ar­rived home from work Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, had been raped then mauled to death by a still uniden­ti­fied as­sailant.

Mon­te­bon’s body was found slumped on the floor un­der her bed at the fam­ily’s house in Corinthi­ans Sub­di­vi­sion, this city. The wire of a hair blower was tied around her wrists.

Po­lice Chief Insp. Ze­naido Pas­tor­fide, chief of the Homi­cide Di­vi­sion of the Lapu-Lapu City Po­lice Of­fice, said the crime could have taken place be­tween 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. when Mon­te­bon was left alone in the house while her fa­ther, an elec­tri­cian, and mother were out work­ing. The vic­tim’s only sib­ling, 21-year-old Diane, was also out of the house when the crime took place.

Pas­tor­fide said there were signs that the vic­tim had strug­gled to stay alive but the as­sailant mauled her to death. The vic­tim’s iPad and DSLR cam­era were miss­ing, prompt­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors to ini­tially sus­pect that the crime com­mit­ted was rob­bery and homi­cide.

How­ever, physi­cians at the Mac­tan Doc­tor’s hos­pi­tal con­firmed that she was raped. Her un­der­wear was found stained by blood.

Peo­ple, in­clud­ing friends and school­mates of the vic­tim went on so­cial media call­ing for jus­tice for the death of Mon­te­bon. Some even urged that the death penalty be re­stored in the coun­try.

To date, po­lice still re­mained clue­less about the iden­tity of the sus­pect. Pas­tor­fide, how­ever, said a pair of slip­pers not be­long­ing to any mem­bers of the vic­tim’s fam­ily were re­cov­ered from the crime scene.

Mean­while, four peo­ple in­clud­ing three teenagers were killed on the spot af­ter the mo­tor­cy­cle they were rid­ing crashed into a fallen mango tree on the na­tional road in Barangay Hor­taleza, Tubu­ran town Wed­nes­day night.

The four fa­tal­i­ties were on their way home to As­turias town past 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day when the driver failed to no­tice that a huge mango tree had blocked the road, the po­lice said.

PO3 Pablo Arnoco said the four fa­tal­i­ties along with rel­a­tives and friends had just been to a spring in Tubu­ran town for night swimming. Another group on­board a sep­a­rate mo­tor­cy­cle also crashed into the mango tree. Two per­sons from that group were in­jured.

Arnoco said the huge mango tree fell on the road due to heavy down­pour that bat­tered the town Wed­nes­day. The area was also dimly lit, he added.

The four fa­tal­i­ties, in­clud­ing three 18-year-old men, died on the spot. The two in­jured per­sons on­board a sep­a­rate mo­tor­cy­cle were rushed to a com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal.

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