Friday, August 23, 2019

Court approves ocular inspection of King slay scene

THE Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court 16 has approved a joint motion for an ocular inspection next week in the area where Cebu-based businessman Richard King was shot.

The inspection is to have more reference to the testimony of the first witness Bobby Roldan who identified his location during the time of the incident.

The witness said he was inside the counter of the coffee room of the Vital-C as he was assigned with food preparation when a stranger wearing sling bag, white shirt and “maong” pants approached the counter and stood there for seconds.

The stranger then approached King before shots were heard and King fell dead.

Roldan pointed to Paul Dave Labang as the stranger claiming he saw his face as Labang walked backward while threatening the crowd with a gun toward the door to flee.

During the hearing Monday morning, November 4, the legal counsel of King grilled Roldan some more.

The afternoon schedule for hearing of another witness from the prosecution was reset next Monday due to the absence of Prosecutor Deolito Alvarez, counsel of King, who was said to have been hospitalized due to diabetes and hypertension.

The counsel of police officer Leonardo Felonia, Ceasar Europa, did not want the hearing postponed but Judge Emmanuel Carpio opted for a postponement considering that getting sick is never planned.But Judge Carpio ruled that in the next hearing dates, every instance of unpreparedness of any party in any proceeding means the deduction of the number of witnesses that they may present.

Carpio also directed Alvarez to present his medical certificate on Monday.

Both parties including Judge Carpio is set to meet again Monday, November 21, for the presentation of another witness and the next day, they will meet at 9:00 a.m. to conduct the ocular inspection.
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