Vol. XX No. 41

December 20, 2000

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Major Developments


Man gets short jail term for stabbing

A Viga resident escaped heavier punishment for the stabbing of another man in barangay Ogbong six years ago after he pleaded guilty to the charges early this month.

Regional Trial Court Branch 43 Judge Romulo P. Atencia found Ricardo Daclizon, alias Arnel Conde y Salazar, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of frustrated homicide and sentenced him to imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to two years and four months prision correcional. He also ordered the accused to indemnify the victim, Juvenal Bernardo, the sum of P10,000 as actual damages.

According to the information filed before the court, on or about October 12, 1994 in the afternoon in barangay Ogbong, the accused stabbed Bernardo with a bladed weapon several times and would have resulted in the victim's death had it not been for timely medical assistance.

In March 1995, the accused entered a plea of not guilty. However, the case was archived two months later and was reopened only upon Daclizon's re-arrest in 1999.

In hid decision dated December 6, 2000, Judge Atencia said the Court exercised sound discretion and, considering that the injuries inflicted upon Bernardo do not appear to be really so grave, lowered the supposed penalty by a degree. The Court also considered favorably the accused's voluntary plea of guilty and the absence of aggravating circumstances to offset the same, in imposing the reduced penalty in its minimum period instead of the maximum of six years.







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