An Argentine man has been charged with killing his own father after finding out the elderly man had allegedly raped his three-year-old granddaughter.
The incident took place on Thursday in the town of San Ramon de la Nueva Oran, in the north-western Argentina province of Salta after the younger man, named in reports as Mario Ernesto Pastrana, 24, reportedly found his young daughter crying and pointing at her genitals.
When he checked her body she reportedly had signs of injuries to her genitals and when he asked who had done it she said that it was her grandfather, identified as Ernesto Pastrana, 72, reports said.
The father and son then began arguing when the elder man reportedly grabbed a machete to attack his own son, who used a stick to defend himself, according to reports.
During the fight the younger man is said to have hit his father in the head with the stick leaving him unconscious.
Mario’s wife told reporters: “I tried to separate them, but sadly I was alone and there were no neighbours in the area to help me. My husband hit him in the head and his dad was taken to the hospital in a very bad condition.”
Both men were reportedly taken to the San Vicente de Paul hospital where the elderly man died of his injuries.
Mario was discharged and was later arrested at his home. Criminal experts have reportedly checked his daughter and confirmed she had been abused.
The girl’s mother told local media her daughter had said she had been the victim of abuse for a long time. Local media report the girl’s grandfather is suspected of having raped her.
Prosecutor Claudia Carreras is in charge of the investigation which has seen the younger man charged with homicide. No date has been set for his trial.
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