The Philippine police have arrested an Australian man for the “brutal” murder of a Filipina teenager inside a motel room in Dipolog City on January 30, a belated police report said on Wednesday.
Police said the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Ali Ali, met 17- year-old Alona Alvarez over the Internet and agreed to visit her in her native city. The pair met in Dipolog for the first time two days before the murder.
Morticians who examined the girl’s body claimed that the killing was so brutal that they had a hard time reconstructing and recognizing her face.
“Her face was so unrecognizable and horribly disfigured that the mortician had a hard time,” police investigator Ronald Dingas said, “She suffered a very brutal death. It’s too much.”
Dingas also cited the police autopsy report which described Alvarez as having deep head wounds, lost most of her teeth, and suffered a brain hemorrhage, which ultimate- ly led to her death by acute respiratory failure.
She was naked when found by motel employees. Responding police investigators also found sex toys and marijuana in the motel room.
During the preliminary investigation, the motel staff said the Australian checked into the room with Alvarez on January 28.
Meanwhile, Ali told the police that the murder was a simple act of self-defense after the young lady reportedly bit his sexual organ when asked to do oral sex.
“He said she bit his penis and even showed his penis to us,” Dumaguete Police Director James Gofoth said. “He said he did it out of self-defense. He said his mind went blank,” he added.
Ali tried to escape by traveling to Dumaguete City but was nabbed by a police team led by Gofoth.
Ali tried to use Dumaguete as a jump-off point for his trip back to Manila.
Ali was brought back to Dipolog where the police filed a murder complaint against him before the city prosecutor’s office. If found guilty, Ali could face 40 years of imprisonment in the Philippines.