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Man who admits killing a witch arrested by CIDT

Local News • 21:44 PM Tue Jul 21, 2015
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By: 
Malu C. Manar

KIDAPAWAN
CITY– Three years after hiding in a place in Davao City, some two hours
travel here, a murder suspect who confessed having killed his victim for being
a ‘witch’ was arrested by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Team (CIDT) North Cotabato and the Central Mindanao Regional Public
Safety Battalion.

The
CIDT-Cotabato identified the suspect as Edgar Sarad, a resident of Barangay
Malungon, Makilala, who went into hiding after executing his victim in 2012.

Sarad,
reports from CIDT said, was arrested while in a drinking spree with friends in
a videoke house at Kilometer 11, Sasa, in Davao City.

Police
said the suspect did not resist arrest and was immediately placed under the
custody of the CIDT.

Sarad,
in an interview, admitted having killed his victim on orders of a former
village chair of Barangay Malungon, Makilala.

He
said the village official suffered a ‘mysterious sickness’ after the victim
allegedly cast spell on him.

He
was also ‘harmed’ by the victim after he allegedly experienced difficulty in
breathing, and severe headaches and body pains.

When
I killed my victim, all these pains were gone, just like that,” said Sarad.

But
relatives of Sarad’s victim denied the allegations.

They
said the victim was a church minister and known in their village as
soft-spoken, generous, and kind-hearted.

Sarad,
reports said, did not only kill the church minister but also ‘executed’ a communist
guerilla operating in Makilala town.

The
suspect hid somewhere else after the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) launched a massive
hunt against him after he killed one of their members in 2012,” reports added.

Sarad
was also accused of drug use, a relative of the victim said.

The
suspect was placed under CIDT custody and would be turned over to the Cotabato
Provincial Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Amas, this city, anytime this
week, reports said.

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