Tricycle driver who stabbed partner 32 times jailed for life
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posted 10-Dec-2019  ·  
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A tricycle driver who, out of jealousy, stabbed his live-in partner 32 times in the presence of their two children inside their home in Bato town last May 23, 2019, has been meted the penalty of reclusion perpetua.

In a decision rendered Nov. 15, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada ruled that, aside from the prison term, Reymark Tulalian Tebelin will have to pay the heirs of jios victim, Liezel Arandia Tato, the sum of P325,000 in total damages and civil indemnity.

During the trial, witness Edgar Bolivar told the Court that he was watching TV in his house together with his brother-in-law Jimmy Amoyan at 8:45 P.M. when they heard shouting and then someone crying out for help at the house of the couple.

As they went near the house to pacify the couple, Amoyan saw the shadow of a man standing and in the act of punching someone who had fallen down and he heard a woman’s voice crying out, “Tama na, Papa, tama na!”

When he shouted at them, the noise died down and then he heard the sound of a body crashing on the ground.

Bolivar followed his brother-in-law and peered through a hole in the kitchen window. He saw the bloodied body of Liezel lying on the floor just outside the comfort room. Bolivar also witnessed Tebelin, standing near her body and stabbing himself with a knife before falling to the ground.

Responding law enforcers and Red Cross personnel rushed the 24-year old teacher of Hawan National High School in Virac to the nearest hospital but she was declared dead on arrival. Tebelin, 29, a native of Soboc, Viga, was treated for minor chest wounds.

The police later said that prior to the incident, Tebelin had an altercation with his partner, a native of Binanuahan and valedictorian of her high school class at Cabugao Integrated School.

A postmortem examination showed that the victim was stabbed 32 times, with 29 of them causing deep and penetrating wounds that caused her death due to severe blood loss.

Reports did not state the reason for the quarrel but there were claims it was sparked by jealousy on Tebelin’s part. An unimpeachable source also told the Tribune at the time that the violence was not witnessed by the couple’s two girls, aged 3 and 5 years old, as they were mercifully both asleep.

In finding the accused guilty of murder, the Court said the prosecution sufficiently established that Tebelin had intent to kill when he stabbed the victim several times and killed the victim by taking advantage of his superior strength.

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