NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines — 50-year old Larry Herrera was charged with kidnapping with rape and homicide for raping and killing eight-year old Christina Claire Medina on their way home from school.
Herrera was an ex-convict from Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan and was recently granted parole.
Following his liberty, Christina’s family offered him their house in Nueva Ecija.
Based on the suspect’s sworn affidavit, he went to collect the victim from school on July 19. He admitted to raping the girl in a cemetery along the way.
After raping the girl, he brought the victim to a hut in a rice field where he strangled her to death while she was sleeping.
It was in July 24 when the lifeless body of Christina was found in barangay Niyogan, Nueva Ecija.
On Tuesday, the suspect committed suicide.
After Herrera’s inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice, he was transferred to the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) Headquarters in Camp Crame.
Walking along the hallway to his detention cell, Herrera suddenly grabbed the service firearm of a police escort and shot himself in the head.
Police personnel rushed him to the PNP General Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
PNP-AKG director, PSSupt. Glenn Dumlao, said the escorts claim they did not expect the suspect to behave the way he did and were also shocked by the incident.
“Naka posas siya sa harap. Dalawa yung (escort) iniipit siya. Siguro nag- relax na yung sa una, kasi dapat dalawa yun eh ang problema hallway yun,” said Dumlao. (He [suspect] was cuffed with his hands in front. He had 2 escorts. Maybe the other one relaxed. There were supposed to be two on either side; the problem was that it was a hallway.)
There is no CCTV footage of the hallway which was supposed to provide recordings of the incident.
The PNP-AKG will study their handcuffing techniques following the incident.
“We are discussing the gravity of the offense, if this is high risk. From there we will approach the handcuffing techniques as to what we will do with them,” said Dumlao.
The PNP Internal Affairs Service will subject the two police escorts under investigation. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue