A Swiss man who was facing charges of human trafficking, abuse, and possession of child pornography has jumped to his death while onboard a ship after his court hearing on Monday.
67-year-old Walter Hauck, a divorcee who formerly lived in Thailand was attending a hearing on his case before the Regional Trial Court in Bogo City on Monday. He was on his way back to Sta. Fe onboard LCT Island II of Island Shipping Lines when he jumped from the ship.
A police investigation into the incident showed that Hauck asked for permission to go to the toilet – his escorts, both jail officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, said that the suspect jumped into the sea at 2.50pm about one mile from Sta. Fe.
Hauck’s body was recovered and taken to Bantayan District Hospital – he was handcuffed when he jumped.
The Swiss man was originally arrested by NBI agents in 2015 after he was accused of molesting five underage boys in a pension house in Sta. Fe.