Murder raps vs son of milk tea shop owner dismissed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2015 10:15 PM

MANILA - The Manila City Prosecutor's Office has dismissed the murder and frustrated murder charges against the son of the owner of Ergo Cha Milk Tea House.

Lloyd Kevin Abrigo was tagged in the death of his father, Ergo Cha owner William Abrigo, and customer, Suzaine Dagohoy, last April 9, 2015.

The older Abrigo and Dagohoy died after consuming milk tea from the store in Sampaloc. Dagohoy's boyfriend, Arnold Aydalla, who also consumed the same drink, was hospitalized for a few days.

The milk tea that poisoned the victims was later found to have oxalic acid.

A helper had claimed seeing Lloyd bring a foul-smelling liquid to the store the night before his father and Dagohoy died.

Lloyd denied any participation in the death of his father and the customer.

In a nine-page decision, Assistant City Prosecutor Dennis Aguila said they did not find probable cause to charge Lloyd with murder and frustrated murder.

The family of the victims, he noted, also failed to prove that the accused was the one who mixed the toxic chemical in the milk tea.

Lloyd also had no motive to poison Dagohoy and her boyfriend as he did not know both of them.

The prosecutor's office added that Lloyd even voluntarily surrendered himself as well as the footage from the store's CCTV camera.

It also dropped the possibility of charging Abrigo with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and serious physical injury. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM