A 13-year-old boy was killed on Saturday after refusing to give 200 pesos (ten cents) to a thief in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota.
According to police, the boy, Nicolas Acosta Piña, was waiting for some friends in the capital’s Kennedy district when two young men approached him and asked for a 200 peso coin. When the boy said he did not have the coin, one of the robbers stabbed him eight times.
The perpetrators fled the scene, but friends of the boy chased down and caught the alleged murderer, while others helped the 13-year-old boy to the hospital.
The victim was taken to a local hospital in Kennedy, but doctors were unable to save him due to the severity of the stabbing.
The perpetrator, aged 16, was placed under arrest on Saturday and confessed to the crime. He allegedly said that the attack occurred in part because he was in “a state of unconciousness” due to marijuana consumtion.
A judge ordered that the 16-year-old suspect be sent to a correctional center while a formal ruling is made.
The judge said the perpetrator had a criminal record that included assault charges and illegal drug possession. According to reports, he recently fled from a drug rehabilitation center.
Initital reports indicated that the 16-year-old could spend between four and eight years in prison for the crime of stabbing the young Nicolas to death.
- Por negarse a dar una moneda de $200 asesinan a niño de 13 años (Radio Santa Fe)