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Valenton, Francis Angelo T.

Criminal Law 2


People vs. Hipona (G.R. No. 185709)

Facts: The appellee is the People of the Philippines. The appellant is Michael A. Hipona. In the
case at bar, on the morning of June 12, 2000, AAA was found dead in her house. She was said to
have been raped, physically manhandled and strangled, causing to her instantaneous death. Her
furniture and belongings were found strewn on the floor. Her necklace bearing his initials and
her handbag were missing as well. The police then discovered that there was a hole in the wall of
the comfort room of AAA. Later on, BBB executed an affidavit, stating that the herein appellant
was the one who committed the crime. Upon the further investigation, it was found out that the
herein appellant did not only robbed and killed the victim by choking and strangulation, but the
appellant also have carnal knowledge with the offended party. Hence, the Regional Trial Court
then found the herein appellant liable for the crime of Rape with Homicide (and Robbery).

Issue: Is the appellant guilty of Rape with Homicide (and Robbery).

Held: The Supreme Court said that the appellant is liable for the crime of Robbery with
Homicide. The Court said that the primary intent of the appellant was to rob AAA. And on the
occasion and by reason thereof, the crime of homicide was committed. Thus, the crime
committed is robbery with homicide.