CA affirms conviction of La Union cop for raping drug suspect
The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the appeal of a La Union policeman against his conviction for raping a woman detained for alleged drug dealing in 2012.
In a recent 2-page resolution, the CA Former 9th Division sustained its June 17, 2019 decision sentencing P/Insp. Jessie Quesada to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua (up to 40 years’ imprisonment) and pay a total of P300,000 in civil indemnity, and moral and exemplary damages to the victim.
Quesada was earlier convicted by the Agoo Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 31 in a May 31, 2018 decision.
The CA said he merely rehashed his arguments regarding the variance in the victim’s letter, affidavit and open court testimony, her reaction that was supposedly contrary to human experience, and the possibility that she accused him of rape in retaliation for the drug charges.
“We found no cogent reasons for us to modify, much less reverse our resolution and deviate from the findings and conclusions therein reached,” read the resolution penned by Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas, Jr.