Jump to content

Court junks case vs honeymooner caught with bullets at airport


Recommended Posts

Woolf

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/792048/court-junks-criminal-rap-vs-honeymooners-caught-with-bullets-at-airport

Court junks case vs honeymooner caught with bullets at airport

 

The Kalibo, Aklan Regional Trial Court Branch 6 has dismissed the criminal case filed against a young couple caught carrying bullets at the Caticlan airport last April.

In an order dated Wednesday, the Kalibo Court has granted the motion to quash information filed by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on behalf of Jerome Sulit.

The court said the information or charge sheet and the affidavits failed to state that Sulit has an intent to possess or to carry the ammunition.

 

“From the definition of ammunition, it is specifically stated that is is for ‘use in any firearm’ which was not alleged in the information. Hence, the facts charge do not constitute an offense. No complaint will be held to be good if it does not charge an offense that is, accurately and clearly allege all of the ingredients of which the offense is composed,” the court said.

Last April, Sulit and his wife Rochelle were about to board a plane for Manila after spending their honeymoon in Boracay when airport authorities discovered 14 bullets of .22 .cal ammunition inside Sulit’s sling bag.

READ: Honeymooners from Boracay caught with bullets at airport

Sulit denied the allegations. He said only the cargo loader at the airport was able to get near his bag. He maintained that they are law-abiding citizens and had never been able to hold any firearm and ammunitions.

The court, in its ruling, said regardless how the bullets came in Sulit’s possession, “the Court believes that there was no intent to possess and to use the bullets on his part. He and his wife are just starting a new phase in their life being recently married; no untoward incident of the same happened on their way from Metro Manila to Boracay. They are aware of the ‘tanimbala’ cases that happened in our airports and have no intention in having firearms or bullets.”

“In the absence of [an intent to possess ammunition] the court finds no probable cause and hereby orders for the dismissal of the instant case against accused Jerome Sulit,” the court said. RAM

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
SkyMan
“In the absence of [an intent to possess ammunition] the court finds no probable cause and hereby orders for the dismissal of the instant case against accused Jerome Sulit,” the court said. RAM

So in future cases it is now required of the prosecution to prove intent to possess?  I believe that may mean tanim bala will be a thing of the past.  How do you prove that unless the victim happens to be a gun dealer or something like that?

Edited by SkyMan
Link to post
Share on other sites
TheWhiteKnight

So in future cases it is now required of the prosecution to prove intent to possess?  I believe that may mean tanim bala will be a thing of the past.  How do you prove that unless the victim happens to be a gun dealer or something like that?

 

Maybe only if they actually had a Gun with them haha.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Guidelines. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..