A 7-year old girl was allegedly raped and killed along the swamp area in Purok 2, Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental, at around 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
Investigation showed that at about 7 a.m. Sunday, a woman and a nine-year-old minor reported to the police that the body of the 7-year-old girl, younger sister of the minor, was found in the swamp area of Purok 2, Poblacion in Basay.
Basay police officer-in-charge, Insp. Louie Batuto, and PO1 Jeffrey Fabro Jesalva conducted an immediate follow-up investigation and saw the cadaver at around 8 a.m. of Jan. 1. The girl's identity was confirmed by her father.
The PNP personnel, with the aid of the witnesses, conducted hot pursuit operation resulting in the arrest of suspect Jomar Villamater y Juarez, 19, single, of Purok 5, Brgy. Poblacion, Basay. The arrest took place in Purok 2, Poblacion.
Investigation conducted disclosed that the suspect was seen cuddling the victim on the act that he was giving gifts to the children including the victim at around 11 p.m. of Dec. 31.
The suspect was last seen pulling the victim with him going to the seashore. The suspect is now under the custody of the police awaiting inquest proceeding.
Dr. Edalyn Dacula, medico legal officer, conducted postmortem examination on the victim.*RG
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