Slashing victim recounts ordeal in hands of teen loverBy Carine M. Asutilla, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (RA 9344)
Cebu Daily News
A HANDWRITTEN account of the woman whose neck was slashed by her 17-year-old boyfriend revealed the suspect’s alarming behavior last Friday.
A note handwritten by 21 year old Mariel Abad from her hospital bed recounted the events leading to the attack.
Her boyfriend, she said, wanted her pregnant. When she refused, the attack began with the boy saying “di na ko nimo luv ha” (you don’t love me anymore.)
Dexter Abad, the victim’s uncle showed Cebu Daily News her written account of the crime.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be providing medical and psychological assistance to Mariel.
The minor suspect may also need psychological assistance, said Clavel Saycon, a social welfare officer at the DSWD.
As of the moment, she said the victim and the suspect should not be allowed to communicate as both are still in the process of healing, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Dexter said Mariel can already communicate through writing, but she can’t speak yet.
They are hoping that Mariel will be able to speak again despite warning from the doctors that she might lose her voice.
Dexter also said they are having problems with the expenses in the hospital despite the help given by the suspect’s family.
The suspect surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation last Saturday.
The minor suspect said earlier that he did not intend to hurt the victim.
Under the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (RA 9344), minors aged over 15 to 18 years old can be held criminally liable if they are proven to have acted with discernment in committing the crime.
For a minor over 15 years old to 18 years to face the court, a local social worker must certify that suspect acted with discernment.