By ALEXANDRIA SAN JUAN
Eight body parts, including the victim’s crushed head, have been recovered by police who are still holding in custody Orlando Estrera, the 43-year-old suspect of the gruesome crime that has shocked a quiet neighborhood in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City.
Senior Inspector Elmer Monsalve, chief of the Quezon City Police District homicide division, said they have retrieved the torso, the pairs of legs, arms and breasts of Hiede, the 46-year-old wife of the suspect.
Police said the suspect smashed the victim’s head with a hammer aside from taking out the internal organs.
Both the 30-centimeter kitchen knife and the hammer have been recovered, police said.
On Monday, the QC prosecutor’s office found probable cause and recommended the filing of parricide case against Orlando.
QCPD director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said this is the worst “chop-chop” case he has encountered in his career.
Eleazar ruled out the possibility that Orlando was under the influence of drugs after tests proved negative.
The suspect, however, admitted to taking shabu in 2002 before marrying Hiede in Davao Oriental.
Eleazar said Orlando is a threat to society.
“Nangangailangan talaga siya ng psychological and psychiatric evaluation by a competent physician para malaman kung anong state of his mental condition,” Eleazar told the reporters.
Orlando claimed that he killed Hiede after finding out that he had been living in with Satan.
However, the victim’s cousin, who asked not to be named, told Eleazar that she doesn’t believe that Orlando was insane, alleging instances where he manhandled Hiede.
Neighbors, however, picture them as a sweet couple who would leave and return to their house at Saint Michael Extension, Republic Avenue holding hands.
Married for 16 years, the couple worked as maintenance personnel at the Sisters of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Fairview, QC.
School personnel have been ordered not to divulge information about the couple by their superiors.
The couple moved in to QC from Davao Oriental about two years ago.
Police learned that Orlando has worked as a meat butcher which explains the ease with which he handled the body.
The suspect was arrested inside their home after a 13-year-old boy accidentally stumbled into one of the mutilated legs of the victim.
The boy, who saw Orlando on the doorstep staring at him, ran and reported his discovery.
In one of his lucid moments, Orlando told Eleazar that he was fed up with his wife who had been bullying him and felt that he was not appreciated.