Man who beheaded nephew with chainsaw claims he was sleepwalking

This photograph, issued by local police, shows the mutilated body of 30-year-old Eduardo Rosquitos, who was beheaded by his uncle with a chainsaw during an all-day drinking session on Biliran Island.

A man who drunkenly beheaded his nephew with a chainsaw has claimed he was sleepwalking while dreaming of cutting down a coconut tree.

Roger Paje, aged 48, is also accused of cutting off sleeping Eduardo Rosquitos’ hands after decapitating him following a marathon drinking session on Biliran Island.


The 30-year-old married construction worker was killed after passing out on the floor at Paje’s Culaba Town home, police have said.

Witness Edgardo Canete told how he heard the sound of the chainsaw and then looked on in horror as the young man’s head was severed from his body. Early reports of the killing suggested that the victim’s body was sliced in two, from the head to the buttocks.

Mr Rosquitos died instantly and then his hands were cut off, say detectives.


Mr Canete then told how he jumped out of a window and ran for his life in the village of Bool East.

The trio started drinking at about 8am on Sunday (August 25) and Mr Rosquitos was killed about five hours later after falling asleep.

The victim’s uncle was arrested when officers were called to the scene.

He immediately claimed that he was dreaming of cutting down a coconut tree while he sawed off his nephew’s head, the Philippine Star reported.

According to Culaba Police Chief Isidoro Ancero, Mr Canete told detectives that Paje’s eyes were closed during the killing.

Police have recovered the chainsaw that was believed to have been used to kill Mr Rosquitos. Paje remains in custody at Culaba Municipal Police Station and will be charged with murder.

Following the killing, police shared a graphic photograph of the victim’s mutilated body.

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