The Liability of a Person who tries to Commit Suicide, Fails and Kills Someone else

Life is truly more strange than fiction. A member of the phBar community who goes by the name xyckriz brought a very interesting true story to the community’s attention: “A man believed to be suffering from a mental illness jumped off the first Mandaue-Mactan Bridge Wednesday night in an attempt to end his life. He survived the 50-feet jump, but ended up killing a fisherman instead. He landed on the fisherman who had just emerged from the sea.” (As reported in SunStar Cebu).

Now, here’s the fun part — what is/are the legal liability/ies of the person who tried to commit suicide? Let’s start the ball rolling. Use the comment section below.

3 comments

  1. as a general rule:
    no liability…
    committing suicide is a lawful act…
    “the consequence of a legal act whether it is wrong or right will always
    be treated as lawful in the eyes of our law”…

    exception:
    liability arises when in the performance of that legal act, DUE CARE was not observed and by reason of that, damage was done to others…
    liability arises…ART. 12 par 4, RPC…
    reckless imprudence resulting to Homicide…hehehe

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