After the body of the Overseas Filipino Worker working as a domestic helper in Kuwait was found in a freezer, the authorities are now looking for the alleged suspect.
The victim is named as Joanna Daniela Demafelis, 29 years old, and a native of Iloilo. She came to Kuwait to work as a household help to help their struggling family.
Who is the Suspect Behind It?
According to Renato Pedro Villa, the Ambassador of the Philippines in Kuwait, the authorities from Interpol are already helping the government of Kuwait and the Philippines to find the alleged suspect.
The victim was found in a freezer of an abandoned apartment last Tuesday, February 6. The body is now in the custody of Kuwait Criminal Evidence Department for an autopsy.
Based on initial investigations, a Lebanese national who is married to a Syrian and the domestic helper used to live in the apartment. The couple left the place and Kuwait last 2016. The authorities are also after the Lebanese because of a series of bounced checks.
Suspicious Even From the Start
Before the couple left, they told the caretaker not to open the flat because it contains something important inside. However, the flat was opened after a court order regarding the bounce checks were issued.
Noong umalis pala itong couple na ito, sinabi nila doon sa nagbabantay na huwag buksan iyong flat dahil mayroon silang mahahalagang bagay doon. Nabuksan lang itong flat through a court order dahil marami palang kaso ng bouncing checks ‘yong Lebanese na ‘yon
There were also signs that the Filipina was tortured and strangled before she died.
Cried for Help
Another domestic helper from the same apartment complex where Demafelis lived said that the victim already cried for help because of the abuse she is experiencing from her employer.
Last kami nagkausap September 2016 doon sa may bintana tapos noong bumaba siya, nakita ko siya doon banda tapos tinanong ko siya kumusta siya, sabi niya sa akin hindi daw maganda, kasi daw ang amo niya sinasaktan siya, delayed ang sahod.
She already offered to help Demafelis and take her to the nearest embassy but she refused because of her fear of her employer.
Sabi ko sa kaniya, aalis ka na lang diyan or ihatid kita sa embassy pero hindi siya pumayag kasi takot siya sa amo niya.
With a lot of agencies and government entities joining forces, it won’t be long until the suspects will be captured.