Court metes 14 years on jeepney operator over nephew’s death

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A Quezon City court sentenced to 14 years in prison a jeepney operator over the death of his nephew in 2002. Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 81 Judge Madonna Echiverri found Rodrigo de leon Cruz guilty of homicide for the death of Alexander dela Cruz. Echiverri also ordered Cruz to pay the victim’s heirs of P75,000 as indemnity; P50,000 for moral damages and another P75,000 for “temperate damages.” On October 10, 2002 the victim confronted the accused over his alleged deliberate act of letting tap water to flow under the his nephew’s room at the ground floor of their rented apartment. This prompted the elder Dela Cruz to grab a fan knife and stabbed his nephew who died at the hospital on October 11. The accused went into hiding but was arrested in Bulacan in December of 2015.

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