Banga boy ‘slays’ 22-year-old sister

BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

Monday, May 8, 2017

A 14-year-old boy from Banga, Aklan, seen here sitting at the municipal police station, allegedly killed his 22-year-old sister. He is now in the custody of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. RODNEL AGUIRRE / AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL

BANGA, Aklan – Sororicide is the act of killing one’s own sister.

A 14-year-old boy from this town allegedly struck his 22-year-old sister repeatedly with pieces of bamboo and wood in their home.

The sister died of head and body injuries at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in the capital town of Kalibo.

“Laboy” (not his real name) initially told the police he found his sister with bleeding head wounds inside their house on May 4 and sought help from their neighbors.

The sister was rushed to the provincial hospital but was later pronounced dead.

At the municipal police station, Laboy confessed to attacking his elder sibling.

Initial investigation showed the boy left home on May 1 after he allegedly maltreated his younger sibling, a 10-year-old.

“Before (Laboy) left home, his father scolded him for maltreating his siblings,” police said. “He spent most of his time in the house of his grandmother during the next three days.”

On May 4, his elder sister may have refused Laboy entry to their house, and this may have angered the latter, police said.

Their two other siblings and their father were not around at the time of the attack.

Laboy was temporarily in the custody of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in Banga pending further investigation.

The sister’s death triggered an outpour of grief on social media.

According to their father, the sister had a 6-month-old child left in the hands of nuns.

Children 15 years old or below at the time of the commission of an offense are exempt from criminal liability, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Norberto Seraspi stressed, citing the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

Laboy will be subject to “rehabilitation” under the Social Welfare department, while the father will undergo counseling. (With Aklan Forum Journal/PN)