Inmate kills self in Ilocos Norte

Posted at 11/12/12 2:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A 25-year-old man committed suicide inside a jail in Ilocos Norte province.

Romulo Martinez used a belt to hang himself inside the detention cell of a police station in the town of Sarrat.

Policemen immediately brought his body down and rushed him to a hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

Martinez was alone in his cell. Policemen on duty noticed nothing strange about the inmate except that he was just quiet all the time.

Authorities will still conduct a probe to determine if duty personnel were remiss in the performance of their duties.

It was Friday last week when Martinez was hauled off to jail after his live-in partner Lea Mercado filed a case of physical abuse and frustrated homicide against him. Report from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News