Tuesday August 14, 2018

SC sends man to jail for 40 years

A MAN from Daanbantayan, Cebu will spend up to 40 years in jail for stabbing to death a village councilman in 2002.

This, after the Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of Generaldo Condino for murder.

“We find no cogent reason to disturb the factual findings of the lower court, as said findings are duly supported by the evidence on record,” read the SC ruling.

In May 2011, the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Bogo City, Cebu found Condino guilty beyond reasonable doubt of murder.

Condino stabbed to death Isabelo Arrabis, councilor of Barangay Lanao, Daanbantayan, a few meters from the barangay hall.

In 2011, the trial court found Condino guilty of murder, which is punishable under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code.

In 2014, the Court of Appeals affirmed Condino’s conviction.

In the ruling, the high court ruled to accord the assessment made by the trial court because of the trial judge’s “unique opportunity to observe the witnesses first-hand and to note their demeanor, conduct, and attitude under grueling examination.”

While the conviction was upheld, the SC increased the awards of civil indemnity, moral damages, and exemplary damages to P75,000 each. (GMD)