Suspect in rape-slay of 16-year old student arrested

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) — A suspect in the rape-slay of a 16-year old junior high school student in Talomo on Friday evening was arrested by the police past midnight.

In a report released by Talomo Police Station on Saturday, the suspect identified as 35-year old James B. Narte, a laborer who lives in the same community, was arrested at 12:10 a.m. on Saturday after authorities learned the towel recovered at the crime scene was his.

It said the victim’s older brother went out to look for his sister who failed to return after she left home to buy a cellphone load.

He discovered his sister’s body at around 9:30 p.m. Friday in an abandoned house, wrapped in a blue plastic sheet used to encase banana plants. Her pants and underwear were pulled down to her knees.

Authorities said the victim succumbed to wounds and contusions, particularly in her head, hit by a hard object.

Police are filing charges against the suspect. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)