Two brothers were sentenced yesterday to 18 years imprisonment for the murder of a fellow trisikad driver who was the live-in partner of their sister.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 49 Judge Manuel Cardinal Jr. found brothers Hancel and Melando Cabrera Salon guilty beyond reasonable doubt of murder and sentenced them to 10 years and one day as minimum to 18 years, eight months and one day as maximum imprisonment, to be served at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa, Rizal.
They were found guilty of assaulting and stabbing Ranil Abdon Luar and causing his death at Hernaez Street in Barangay 36, Bacolod City, on July 8, 2008.
The court was told that Luar was driving his trisikad down Hernaez Street, when he was pulled out of his vehicle and immediately stabbed by Hancel with a 10-inch “Rambo” knife in his stomach and breast, while Melando struck him with a pipe.
Mayna Cabrera Salon, the sister of the convicted brothers, said that earlier, Laur had reported to her that he was being chased by her brothers.
She told the court she confronted her brothers and told them not to harm Luar. When Luar passed by driving his trisikad, she said, her brothers pulled him out of the vehicle and attacked him.
Hancel Salon admitted that they had ill-feelings against Luar and Mayna as their were living together when their sister was married to another man with whom she has a child.
The illicit relationship of the victim and their sister caused the two accused to bear hatred and anger against Luar, the judge noted.
The court was not convinced with the story presented by the defense that Hancel Salon only acted in self-defense, and that Melando did not participate in the crime.
On the basis of the documentary and testimonial evidence presented, the court finds the story presented by the accused simply too incredible, the judge said in his 10-page decision.
He ordered the accused to jointly pay the kin of Luar P23,000 as actual damages, P75,000 as moral damages and P15,000 as exemplary damages.*CPG