A man accused of fatally hacking his uncle three years ago escaped serious jail time after settling with the victim’s family and agreeing to a penalty of imprisonment for six years plus a P40,000 civil liability payment.
During the promulgation of judgment last March 1, the Regional Trial Court directed Joselito dela Cruz Lucero to pay the heirs of Fernando dela Cruz the first installment of P10,000.00. The accused initially pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense, but later agreed with the complainant on the civil liability and light penalty, which would enable him to avail of probation.
Both men were neighbors at the time of the incident on March 16, 2014, the records of the case showed. At 5 A.M. of that day, dela Cruz was calling for his grandfather Jose at the Fernando’s house. Not knowing that Jose was still in his house, Fernando told Joselito that his grandfather had already gone to the mountain. A few minutes later, Jose came out and went to his grandson’s house.
Joselito was later heard arguing with his wife and then with Fernando, who tried to explain that he did not know Jose was still in his house. But before Fernando could come out of the gate, Joselito attacked him, hacking the victim on the left thigh with a bolo.
Fernando was brought to the Juan M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival due to heavy loss of blood. Army soldiers later arrested Joselito at his house and recovered the bolo at the backyard.