North Cotabato college student beaten with hammer

By Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Aug 23 2014 12:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2014 08:43 PM

COTABATO CITY - A 19-year-old student of University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato remains in critical condition after being beaten with a hammer last Tuesday, police said.

Kabacan police identified the victim as Richard Nimer. He is still in critical condition at a hospital in Davao City.

Police said Nimer was hit on the head with a hammer by a certain Jackson Usman, a resident of Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

The incident took place at Osias, Kabacan, North Cotabato.

Authorities immediately responded to the scene, but failed to catch the suspect who managed to escape towards a nearby municipality.

Upon coordination with Datu Montawal police, Kabacan police were able to intercept the suspect in Barangay Dunggo-an, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao on Wednesday.

Authorities believe the suspect was under the influence of illegal drugs.

Usman is now under the custody of Kabacan police and will face charges of attempted homicide.