Prosecutors clear 'mastermind' in Laguna hammer attack

THE Sta. Rosa Prosecutor's Office has dismissed the parricide complaints filed against a husband who allegedly masterminded the killing of his wife and son for lack of evidence.

In a resolution dated July 27, the prosecutors said there is no sufficient evidence to charge Richard Sta. Ana with double parricide for being the mastermind in killing his wife, Pearl Helene, and their son, Denzel, on March 2

The resolution stated that the alleged motive of jealousy on the part of Sta. Ana was not established.

The prosecutors believed that the alleged extramarital affair of the wife has not been shown to have come to the knowledge of the suspect before the incident happened.

"While such knowledge against the said relationship may fan the embers of suspicion against Richard to commit the crime, speculation such as this cannot be a basis of criminal prosecution," the resolution stated.

However, the prosecutors pursued the filing of cases against suspects Ramoncito Galo and a John Doe, who posed as Internet service repairmen to enter the Sta. Ana's residence to steal, rape Helen, and hammer the victims to death.

"Ramoncito's presence in the place was brought about by his intent to kill the victims... Finally, being in the vicinity of the victims house on the day of the incident and having killed the victims by striking the victims with a hammer furnishes him with a means of committing the crime," the decision stated.

The prosecutor's office has recommended the filing of two counts of murder, rape and theft against Galo and the unidentified suspect.

Galo earlier said that he and his companion were contracted for P60,000 by Sta. Ana to kill his wife and child as the he suspected that Pearl was having an extramarital affair. (Sunnex)
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