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PNP: Man hangs self
in Vallahermoso jail


The body of a man was found hanging in the bathroom of the detention cell of the police station in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, early Sunday morning, in what initial police investigation tagged a suicide case.

The victim, identified as Juan Narciso, 57, a farmer and resident of Sitio Payawan, Barangay Tagbino in Vallehermoso, allegedly hanged himself sometime between 4 a.m. and 5.am. Sunday, a police report said.

Vallehermoso police chief Insp. Neolie Laturnas said Narciso apparently tore his jacket in strips and tied them together, to make the noose he tied around his neck to end his life.

Narciso had been arrested around 11 a.m. Saturday after his brother-in-law complained to the police that the former had threatened him with an improvised shotgun.

Responding policemen confiscated the shotgun from Narciso and locked him up in a detention cell along with one other person being held for safekeeping for “drunkenness”, provincial police director Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas said.

The other detainee apparently was deep in sleep at the time the alleged suicide happened, Lawas said.

Lawas said that, based on initial police investigation, there were no indications of foul play in the death of Narciso.

An autopsy was conducted by the municipal health officer before Narciso’s body was turned over to his family who buried him immediately on Sunday.*JFP



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