FOR­GIVE ME

Young man ad­mits bru­tal killing of 10-year-old girl

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

A YOUNG man ad­mit­ted the bru­tal killing of a 10-year-old girl, whose body was hogtied and stuffed in a basin, in Tal­isay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

The 20-year-old sus­pect ini­tially de­nied he killed Grade 3 pupil Marchela Sayo be­cause he was ashamed to ad­mit the crime.

In an in­ter­view with Aksyon Radyo Ba­colod yes­ter­day, the pri­mary sus­pect said he asked the vic­tim to throw the spoiled salad to the river but for an un­known rea­son, he killed the vic­tim when she en­tered the board­ing house, where he served as a care­taker.

He said he was the only who did the killing, and he de­nied rap­ing the mi­nor-vic­tim.

On Jan­uary 4, Sayo was found dead in­side her un­cle’s board­ing house at Barangay 14B.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed the vic­tim was asked to go to a nearby house to get the re­sults of the small town lot­tery, but she failed to go home that night.

Her fam­ily and neigh­bors looked for her un­til they went in­side the house owned by her un­cle, which is a few me­ters away from her res­i­dence.

She was hogtied and her face was cov­ered with plas­tic when she was found by her fam­ily and neigh­bors un­der the sink.

Her fam­ily did not see her at first be­cause she was cov­ered with a basin.

Po­lice ini­tially ar­rested the pri­mary sus­pect and his 17-year-old brother in a fol­low-up op­er­a­tion.

Both of them were al­legedly in­side the house when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

De­spite the sus­pect’s ad­mis­sion, his younger brother will still be part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and was turned over to the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD).

The pri­mary sus­pect also told re­porters he was pre­vi­ously us­ing il­le­gal drugs but he was not un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor or drugs when he killed the vic­tim.

He was also sur­prised when he did the crime.

“Wala ko ka­balo kon ngaa nabuhat ko to (I didn’t know why I did it),” he said.

He is ask­ing for for­give­ness from the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Mean­while, the Women and Chil­dren Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD) of Tal­isay City Po­lice Sta­tion has yet to re­lease the vic­tim’s au­topsy to de­ter­mine the cause of her death and to con­firm if there was sex­ual abuse.*

FRANCES DOREN BAL­BOA/BOMBO RADYO BA­COLOD

THE pri­mary sus­pect (left) in the killing of the 10-year-old girl in Tal­isay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Fri­day, Jan­uary 4, with his 17-year-old brother.

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