Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rice trader ‘hangs’ self in Corrales restaurant

CAGAYAN de Oro City (Cagayan Journal / Ben Balce) - A RICE trader allegedly hanged himself using a belt in a restaurant here at dawn yesterday.

Benito Magadan, 47, was found at around 7 am hanging lifeless in the toilet of OIC restaurant along Corrales St., this city.

The victim’s body was seen with a belt around his neck; the belt was attached to a door knob.

“He was already cold when he was found. It looks like he used his belt to kill himself,” said Insp. Joe Martin, chief of the local Scene of Crime Operatives.

Martin said there were no bruises or any other sign of foul play. But he said Magadan’s body would be autopsied.

The reason for the alleged suicide is unclear at presstime but there were unconfirmed reports that Magadan recently lost P300 thousand to a girlfriend who left him.

Magadan’s wife Myrna told radio station DxIF that she and Benito decided to separate about a year

Jhun Ebarle, owner of a house where Magadan had rented a room, said the rice trader left at around 4 am. He said the alleged suicide had financial problems.


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