MANILA, Philippines – A man suspected of killing and raping his 18-year-old niece was arrested by police in Camiling, Tarlac Tuesday night.
The suspect, identified as Ferdinand Martin, may face charges of murder and frustrated rape.
Martin’s niece Maricris was strangled to death in a farm in Barangay Palimbo. The victim’s shorts and underwear were pulled down and her shirt was up when authorities found her body.
Martin, however, denied that he raped his niece, claiming that her clothes and underwear were not in place because she just had sexual intercourse with her boyfriend.
The suspect said he held a grudge against the victim’s family because they accused of him of stealing their pets.
The results of the autopsy have yet to be released. Police investigations are ongoing. -- Report from Nevi Calma, ABS-CBN News Dagupan