A Bacolod bank security guard was sentenced to six years and one day imprisonment yesterday for “psychological violence” against his family, a violation of Republic Act 9262, or the Anti Violence Against Women and Children Act.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Philadelfa Pagapong-Agraviador sentenced the 51-year-old guard whose name, along with those of his wife and children, are being withheld by the DAILY STAR because the case falls under the Family Court.
His wife, 57, a public high school teacher, told the court she and her husband who were married in December 1986 have three children.
In February 2006, her husband began displaying unusual behavior and was short-tempered, she said.
He went out on Saturdays on the pretext of having work at the bank but she discovered that it was not true. Later her son and daughter, on separate occasions, caught him with his mistress, she said.
When he finally admitted having another woman, he said he would go insane if asked to separate from her, the wife told the court.
Unable to accept her fate, the wife drove her husband out of their house on May 2007, the court was told.
She took all of his clothes to the bank where he worked and left them there.
Their 22-year-old son also took the witness stand to testify on the infidelity of his father and the emotional and psychological suffering of his mother.
The security guard denied the allegations against him and said he never abandoned his family. He said it was his wife who packed his clothes and threw them at his workplace several times, leaving him with no choice but to stay with his parents.
He also denied that he deprived his family of financial support.
The judge said that while the accused may not have been caught having carnal knowledge with his mistress, they were found under compromising situations, that any man of reasonable mind would deduce that, indeed, the accused was smitten with the woman, with the latter feeling the same way, the judge said.
The circumstantial evidence, taken altogether with the act of abandonment of the accused when he stubbornly chose his mistress over his family, consumed the best of his family, the judge said.
“The detrimental effects of the accused marital infidelity and abandonment were evident on the private offended party who often cried as witnessed by her son,” the judge said.
She also felt humiliated by the act of her husband as she was the subject of gossip and ridicule by her co-workers, the judge added.
The family of the accused underwent “mental and emotional anguish” as indicated by the pain they suffered and how it negatively affected their relation as a family, the judge said, adding that all of these constitute “psychological violence,” punishable under RA 9262.*CPG