Makati court frees Napoles’ ex-maid-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
JANET Napoles’ former maid, who was accused of stealing the businesswoman’s expensive bags and underwear, was released by a Makati court on Friday.
Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta said Dominga Cadelina's release came after the Makati City Regional Trial Court branch 145 granted her camp's demurrer to evidence.
Under the Rules of Criminal Procedure, a court may dismiss the case on the ground of insufficiency of evidence upon demurrer to evidence filed by the accused. This should be filed after the prosecution has rested its case.
"The charge for qualified theft was dismissed in view of the discrepancies between the information charged and the prosecution's evidence. The discrepancies include the reported cost of items versus receipts. They (prosecution) also failed to present Janet despite claiming that the panties are hers," said Acosta in a text message to Sun.Star.
Acosta said Cadelina, who spent eight months in prison, was brought to a hospital in San Pedro, Laguna for medical tests and to treat her “severe hypertension.”
Cadelina allegedly took away Napoles' belongings, which the maid thought were gifts from her boss. She was on her way out of the subdivision in February when guards blocked her and inspected the bag which contained the items she supposedly stole.
She was then detained at the Makati City Jail, where Napoles was held from August 29 to September 1 for the alleged illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Napoles, the alleged brains of the scam which diverted pork barrel to fake foundations, convinced the court to transfer her to Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, citing security risks. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)