Carpenter Killed Over Unreturned Borrowed Tools

Carpenter Killed

A carpenter was killed by a fellow carpenter after failing to return borrowed tools on May 1, 2024, in the town of Sibonga, southern Cebu.

The victim, Reno Superales Lacataria, 60, was found lifeless at the riverbed in Barangay Lamacan. The suspect, Rolando Gemongala, according to the police report, had been drinking with the victim prior to the incident.

Here are some details of the incident according to the report of CDN Digital.

Suspect Turns Aggressive

According to police investigation, the two carpenters, who were neighbors, had been drinking in Barangay Lamacan. After their drinking session, Gemongala became upset with Lacataria because he did not return his borrowed carpentry tools.

There were no other witnesses to the incident, but police suspect that the primary reason behind the murder was Gemongala’s frustration over the unreturned tools. This had reportedly caused a conflict between the two before the killing took place.

Lacataria’s body was found dead in the riverbed with no visible signs of a struggle. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Sibonga police are now conducting investigations and collecting evidence from the crime scene to understand the exact circumstances of the incident.

Current Status

Gemongala, the suspect, is currently in custody at the Sibonga Police Station, where he is facing charges of murder. The Sibonga police issued a statement emphasizing the importance of resolving conflicts through dialogue and discouraging the use of violence.

Furthermore, updates on the case will be provided as the investigation continues. The Sibonga police are committed to solving the case and seeking justice for the victim.

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