A Sydney man who stabbed his girlfriend’s lover to death has been sentenced to six years in jail for manslaughter.
When Roy Tabalbag, 31, walked into his Darling Point unit in November 2013, he found his partner Geecy Rebucas having sex with her colleague, Amin Sthapit.
Mr Sthapit ran into the bathroom and Tabalbag grabbed a knife, forced his way in and started stabbing him.
The attack continued after Mr Sthapit fled to the bedroom.
At a trial last year, Tabalbag was convicted of murder and sentenced to 17 years’ jail.
However, he successfully appealed that conviction earlier this year and at a second trial, a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, accepting he had lost control of his actions.
“It was clearly a huge shock when he opened the door to reveal what was happening inside the apartment,” Acting Justice Jane Mathews said.
“As far as Mr Tabalbag was concerned, they were planning to get married and have children.”
Ms Rebucas and Mr Sthapit had first met at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay, where they worked as chefs.
She was also attending a cooking school, which is where she was meant to be on the day Mr Sthapit was killed.
Partner was suspicious
Tabalbag knew she was not at the school, because he had been monitoring the whereabouts of her mobile phone, using an application, since growing suspicious of his partner sometime earlier.
Acting Justice Mathews said the level of violence involved in the attack was “serious and sustained” but added Tabalbag had shown remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions.
Tabalbag had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter but this was rejected by prosecutors.
The judge imposed a total sentence of six years, with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years.
With time served, Tabalbag will be eligible for parole in May 2018.
Source : abc.net.au