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Court convicts Boholano in Baguio “chop-chop” case
Published: December 31, 2006 by The Bohol Standard

The case of a chop-chop lady finally came to an end as the court convicted the suspect, a Boholano married to a scion of a prominent family in the city.

Judge Ruben C. Ayson, of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 6, based in Baguio City found the accused Mark Kim Sevilla y Maniwang, also known as “Brian Osmeña” guilty of the offense of Homicide resulting from the death of Sarah Jane Felisilda Salga, whose mutilated body was found inside Unit 7, 2nd Floor of the Baguio Diamond Mansion, Legarda Road, Baguio City in August 24, 2003.

The information for the crime of murder stated that Sevilla, armed with a kitchen knife repeatedly stabbed Salga, 27 years old, female from Duero, Bohol inflicting multiple stab wounds directly causing her death.

In the commission of the crime, the accused inhumanly stabbed the victim eleven (11) times and sliced and saw the victims corpse, attempting to cut off her head from the rest of the body.

The accused also use the craft of turning on full volume the television set inside the apartment to drown the outcries of the victim and to prevent other persons in adjacent units from taking notice of the crime committed.

The accused later pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of Homicide which is included in the offense of murder, as charged.

Public Prosecutor Alfredo Centeno gave his consent and conformity after he conferred to heirs of the deceased, a certain Jesse Salga, the deceased being single.

In a 6-page decision, given last September 11, 2006 in Baguio City, the court sentenced accused Sevilla the indeterminate sentence law, to imprisonment ranging from 6 years and 1 day of prison mayor as minimum to 14 years and 8 months and 1 day Reclusion Temporal as maximum.

The accused is also ordered to indemnify the heirs of the deceased the sum of P75,000 as civil indemnity, P50,000 as moral damages and P1,000,000 as actual damages and unearned income.
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