Man found guilty of fatal stabbing
Caramoran, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 26-Sep-2019  ·  
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A resident of Caramoran has been meted a jail term ranging from eight years to 14 years and eight months after being found guilty of stabbing to death a man during a benefit dance in San Andres town three years ago.

The Regional Trial Court also ordered Rodrigo “Bulutoy” Solmerano to pay the heirs of the victim, James Eliaga, the total sum of P125,000 as damages and civil indemnity.

During trial, the accused denied the crime and alleged that after a fistfight with someone he went out of the

Cabungahan plaza at 1 A.M. of March 13, 2016 and then went to the house of his aunt. He said he was not carrying a weapon during the fight.

In convicting Solmerano of homicide, RTC Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada said there was more than one circumstance testified to by prosecution witnesses: both the accused and the victim were present ay the plaza where they quarreled; Solmerano insisted on knowing the identity of the victim by asking a barangay tanod; he went to the victim’s table and punched him, after which they grappled with each other; the accused embraced the victim, causing Eliaga to fall on the floor bloodied; the accused fled and was arrested in Obi, Caramoran later that morning.

It noted that after his arrest, the accused showed no indication of innocence.

“He did not even submit a counter-affidavit to confront a serious accusation to clear his name, as anyone innocent of the crime charged would do,” the Court pointed out.

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