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Dacera rape-slay junked; 11 accused set free

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Citing a lack of probable cause, the Makati City prosecutor’s office recently dismissed the case of rape with homicide of flight attendant Christine Dacera, against 11 suspected.


Assistant prosecutor Joan Santillan said that the evidence submitted on behalf of the charges, was insufficient to say without a shadow of a doubt, that rape and murder had been committed.


Other charges put forth by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) such as obstruction of justice and reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, however, are still undergoing preliminary investigation.


The 23 year old flight attendant was found dead on January 1st this year after celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at the City Garden Hotel in Makati.


Eventually, the Philippine National Police (PNP) drew heavy criticism for publicly announcing the case as rape with homicide, despite this information not being proven with evidence.


In a medico-legal report later released, Dacera’s cause of death was determined to be an aortic aneurysm, thus ruling out homicide.

Photo: OneNews.PH


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