A 42-year-old Australian national suspected of killing a 17-year-old girl in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte last week was nabbed by Dumaguete City police, Sunday, February 1.
The suspect, identified as ALI ALI, came to the Philippines from Australia to meet his Filipina chatmate, a 17-year-old girl from Bago, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Hulagway ug Kasikas sa Dumaguete reported.
The two reportedly checked-in at Antonio Pension House in Dipolog on January 28. The minor however was found brutally murdered inside their room around 4 p.m. on Friday, January 30.
The Australian was arrested around 11:30 a.m. in Barangay Piapi, Dumaguete City after a civilian spotted him walking along Flores Avenue in Brgy. Looc, Dumaguete City.
He was later turned over to the Dipolog City Police Station for custody and formal filing of charges.
Superintendent James Goforth, Dumaguete Police chief, said that the suspect have entered the Philippines legally based on credentials and the passport in his possession.
On the other hand, initial investigations revealed that the victim seemed to have been killed with bare hands, as no weapon was found at the crime scene.
Authorities are still waiting for the autopsy results to determine the cause of her death.