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Kiwi Pedophile Released From Davao Jail With No Charges
November 7, 2012
Kiwi national in rape, trafficking raps released from prison
BY MALU CADELINA MANAR in KIDAPAWAN CITY
Due to a technicality, the New Zealand national arrested for rape and child trafficking charges, was released from prison in Davao City, a police official said, although the offenses are supposed to non-baliable.
Senior Inspector Araceli Yaun, head of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) of the San Pedro Police Station in Davao City, said the prosecution has given David William Wakefield 10 days to submit a counter affidavit.
Wakefield, 50, was charged with statutory rape, child abuse, and trafficking in person. He was arrested last October 25 by joint operatives of the Kidapawan City Police, Davao
City Police’s WCPD, and staff from Kidapawan's City Social Welfare and Development Office.
Gabriela-Cotabato chair Ruby Padilla-Sison has called on women activists and advocates for child’s protection ‘to join forces together’ in urging the national government to issue a hold departure order against a Kiwi national released from prison despite the charges filed against him by two of his alleged victims.
“We can conduct meta-legal measures, say, hold a rally outside the airports, to urge the government to hold the foreigner responsible for the crimes he committed against the Filipinos, much more against two defenseless children,” said Sison.
On Monday, David William Wakefield, 50, a Kiwi national arrested in Davao City on October 25 for statutory rape, child trafficking, and violation of Anti-Child Abuse Act, was released from prison due to technicality, according to Sr. Insp. Araceli Yaun, head of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk of the San Pedro Police Station of the Davao City Police Office.
Wakefield, after his arrest, was immediately placed under inquest proceedings.
The Kiwi national, Yaun said, was given by the prosecution 10 days to submit a counter-affidavit. The charges filed against him were considered non-bailable, yet, due to a technicality, the foreigner was given a temporary liberty.
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