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Rape suspect dies in police custody; wife to file charges

THE grieving common-law wife of a child-rape suspect who died in police custody threatened to file charges of police brutality against two officers from the Cogon police station.

Neresa Candelanza, 23, a resident of Sitio Migkiwan, Barangay Bayanga, blamed the police officers for the death of her partner, Christopher Campo Redondo, 29, a resident of Sitio Lomboy, Barangay Indahag.

“Ipadayon gyud namo (ang kaso) kay lakip ang iyang mga uyoan natingala ngano nga na-ay dugo nga migawas sa ilong ug baba sa biktima,” Candelanza said.

She, however, did not give the names of the two police officers.

Cogon police arrested Redondo on Thursday morning in Sitio Paglaom, Barangay Camaman-an for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Sitio Lomboy.

Candelanza claimed that Redondo told her the two of the arresting officers manhandled him.

“Nag-igon siya sa ako nga sa wala pa siya isulod sa prisohan, gikulata kuno siya sa duha ka polis sa Cogon police station,” said Candelanza.

By 4 pm of the same day, Redondo complained that he had difficulty breathing inside the police station’s detention cell.

Chief Insp. Harvey Abellanosa, Cogon police chief, said they called for an ambulance from Oro Rescue when Redondo told them he had difficulty breathing.

Abellanosa said Redondo was declared dead on arrival by physicians at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center.

Abellanosa maintained that Redondo was not manhandled by his police officers, and there were no signs of foul play.

For his part, city police director Senior Supt. Nelson Aganon said the relatives of Redondo should have his remains autopsied to determine the cause of death.

Redondo’s body has been sent to a mortuary. (nitz arancon)

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