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Judge metes
33 years on carnapper


A Negrense was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for robbery and carnapping, while two others were acquitted of drug raps.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Manuel Cardinal Jr. of Branch 49 Tuesday found Sangreg Tianggao Despojo guilty beyond reasonable doubtfor violation of Republic Act 6539, or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972.

Cardinal sentenced Despojo to suffer an imprisonment of 17 years as minimum to 25 years as maximum to be served at the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa, Rizal.

Despojo was also ordered to indemnify the complainant, Bambi Cadigal Ramirez, P100,000 as actual, moral and exemplary damages.

The judge also found Despojo guilty beyond reasonable doubt as principal in the crime of robbery and sentenced him to suffer imprisonmentof four years and two months as minimum, to eight years and 20 days as maximum, also to be served at the National Penitentiary.

Information filed in court said Despojo, by means of violence and intimidation on Bambi Cadigal Ramirez stole his Aura Classic Kawasaki, and robbed him of his two cellular phones and P600 in Purok Seawall, Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod, on July 19, 2008.

The motorcycle was recovered in Himaymaylan City in August 2008.

Meanwhile, RTC Branch 47 Judge Edgar Garvilles yesterday acquitted Rex Caba Arac and Jessie Amoroso Garcia of violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in two separate cases.

Arac had been accused for having three sticks of dried marijuana leaves when arrested in Purok Mabinuligon, Barangay Bata in Bacolod City on June 19, 2006.

However, the judge said the arresting officers failed to conduct physical inventory of the marijuana sticks they claimed to have recovered from Arac, and to photograph them as expressly needed in the drugs’ law.

The failure of the police to comply with such requirement raises doubt as to whether what was submitted for laboratory examination and presented in court were the same items recovered from the accused, the judge said.

Garvilles, by reasonable doubt and insufficiency of evidence, dismissed the drugs possession raps against Arac.

Fish vendor Jessie Amoroso Garcia was apprehended and accused for having one marijuana cigarette in his possession at the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod City on June 19, 2010.

The judge noted that no physical inventory and photograph of the item seized from Garcia had also been taken.

Garvilles dismissed the case against Garcia for reasonable doubt and insufficiency of evidence.*CPG

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