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Suspect in brutal killing of Cebuana teen nabbed in Davao City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 08:57 PM

Photo credits: CIDG RFU11

The primary suspect in the killing of Cebuana teen Christine Lee Silawan is now under police custody.

The suspect, identified as Jonas Bueno, 32, was arrested in Davao City, according to information from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 11.

He was nabbed around 5 p.m. on Friday (March 15) after he was spotted at the Matina Crossing.

The 16-year old Silawan was found dead on a vacant lot in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu on Monday (March 11). She was reported missing by her mother after she failed to return home on Sunday (March 10).

The Grade-9 student was found naked waist down and her face was skinned to the bone. She also sustained multiple stab wounds, and further examination revealed that her tongue and throat had been removed.

Based on initial investigation, the suspect has reportedly been staying in Matina Crossing for four days and was working at a construction site prior to his arrest.

Authorities allegedly closed in on him with the help of the community and his photos circulating online.

Bueno’s capture was carried out following the arrest warrant issued by the Danao City Regional Trial Court Branch 25 Judge Jerry Dicdican over a previous murder case.

He is the prime suspect in the killing of Trinidad Batucan, 60, who was found dead on January 11, with the skin on her face and chest removed.

READ: Duterte condemns brutal killing of teen in Cebu

President Rodrigo Duterte has condemned the gruesome killing of Silawan and ordered the police to hunt down the suspect.

A bounty of P2-million had been put up for the arrest of those behind the murder. — Robie de Guzman

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Rage possibly prompted Silawan murder—psychologist

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 04:45 PM

A CCTV footage shows Christine Lee Silawan with the suspect before her murder

A psychologist speculates that extreme anger or rage prompted the murder of Christine Lee Silawan.

Dr. Camille Garcia said it might have stemmed from the suspect’s jealousy, possessiveness, or repressed anger. Repressed anger, Garcia said, might come from being abused as a child.

But there might be individuals with a criminal mind.

“Ito ang mga pang tipong serial killer. Sa kanila, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something na karumal dumal para sa ibang tao. Sila ang may mga sociopath at psychopath, (These are the serial killer type. For them, it’s a form of satisfaction when they do something abhorrent. These are sociopaths and psychopaths)” Garcia said.

Examination of the victim’s remains, revealed the possible scenario that led to the brutal murder of 16-year-old Silawan.

Based on the autopsy report of the PNP Crime Laboratory Region 7, Christine was stabbed 20 times in various parts of her body.

Dr. Benjamin Lara , chief medico legal of PNP Crime Lab-7 said, “When we examined the victim, visible na ang vertebra niya o backbone ng neck o wala na ang trachea, esophagus, wala na iyong musculature o right side ng neck at dila, (When we examined the victim, her vertebra or the backbone in the neck area is visible. The trachea is gone, espohagus. Her musculature or right side of the neck is also gone).”

Lara also clarified, Christine’s heart, lungs and kidney remained intact. The victim also fought back because of the injuries in her fingers.

“The fact na marami siyang injuries sa kamay and mayroon siyang very deep incision on the left palm, those are sign of struggle na nanlaban o lumaban yung bata, (The deep incision on the left palm are signs of struggle)” he added.

They are also not disregarding the possibility of a post mortem animal predation or the consumption of human flesh by animals.

However, authorities remain puzzled on how carefully the suspect skinned the victim. They also speculate that the suspect has expertise on the matter.

“If this is purposely done, I can say that it is carefully and meticulously done,” Lara said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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