LUCENA City -- For admitting all the charges filed against him, a 23-year-old man involved in last year’s most sensational murder case here was sentenced by a local court to 12 up to 17 years imprisonment on Friday.
Jomar Aganan pleaded guilty of killing 19-year-old Vheanca Punzalan, after robbing her on Nov. 17, 2017 inside a boutique where she was working as sales lady.
With that admission, Lucena City Regional Trial Court Branch 59 Judge Romeo Buenaventura issued the sentence to Aganan, who was also ordered to pay P150,000 for damages and civil indemnity to the victim’s family.
Aganan was arrested for theft on March 7, 2018 by city police operatives then headed by Lucena City police director Supt. Vicente Cabatingan.
But Cabatingan had a hint that Aganan had something to do with Punzalan’s murder because of his physical features similar to the one seen on CCTV cameras around the vicinity of the crime scene.
He said this prompted him to dig deeper into the case until the suspect finally admitted to have perpetrated the crime.
After gathering testimonies from several witnesses and pieces of evidence, including CCTV camera footages, Cabatingan said they conducted backtracking to check the veracity of the suspect’s statements that he went into hiding in Tayabas City and in Bicol after committing the crime.
He said they also sought assistance from five independent lawyers before they finally filed the case before the City Prosecutor’s Office for its assessment and validation on the pieces of evidence and testimonies of the witnesses they submitted.
Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar commended Cabatingan and all those responsible for the resolution of the sensational case.
“Once again we have proven that if we just join our efforts, the community, the police and all the stakeholders, justice will be served,” said Eleazar.