A Sagay City resident was sentenced yesterday to 40 years imprisonment for the brutal murder of a prominent Bacolod doctor in Bacolod City on May 12, 2012, which he and his co-accused captured on a video.
The prosecution's evidence is undisputed and leaves no room for doubt that Dr. Andres Gumban, 63, died a painful, violent death in his residence at the Regent Pearl Homes Subdivision in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 41 Judge Ray Alan Drilon said in his 21-page decision.
Drilon sentenced Fof Pascual Jr. to reclusion perpetua after finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of Gumban. At the time the crime was committed in 2012 Pascual was 18 years old.
Pascual was also ordered to pay the heirs of Gumban P75,000 in civil indemnity, and P60,000 in moral and exemplary damages.
Pascual's co-accused, who was 16 when the crime was committed and whose name was withheld, entered a plea of guilt and was sentenced to 10 years and 1 day as minimum to 17 years and 1 day as maximum imprisonment on Dec. 11, 2012.
Hearings were held in the case of Pascual and after the prosecution rested its case, he informed the court that he was not presenting any evidence in his defense.
Dr. Eli Cong, the Acting Medico Legal Officer of Bacolod City, who conducted an autopsy on Gumban said he was stabbed 35 times, two of which were fatal.
A businessman and a Criminal Investigation Detection Group intelligence operative, Jonathan Mañego, who apprehended the 16-year old and Pascual shortly after they killed the doctor, told the court that between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. on May 10, 2012 he heard the anguished cry for help coming from the house of Gumban who was his neighbor.
Mañego said he believed something very wrong was happening at the house of Gumban so he brought a service firearm and went to see what was happening.
He saw the 16-year-old in the house and ordered him to come out and he was followed by Pascual, Mañego said. He ordered the two to lie prone on the ground and tied them up, and asked neighbors to call the police.
After tying up the assailants, he entered the house and found Gumban on the floor of the bathroom full of blood and he was not moving, he added.
One of the cellular phones found in the house contained a video of the actual slaying of Gumban. It showed the 16-year-old hitting Gumban three times with a stone, his being stabbed and both defendants dragging his body to the bathroom.
The death of the doctor, who owned several buildings and businesses in Bacolod City, had come as a shock to the Bacolod medical community and his numerous patients. *CPG
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