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UAE: Filipina on death row in Al Ain spared

Jennifer Dalquez
Filipina maid has been acquitted from the murder charge, sentenced to 5 years

The Filipina domestic worker sentenced to death in Al Ain for killing her employer has been saved from death row, a Philippine envoy said.

Jennifer Dalquez, 30, a domestic worker, was given the death penalty by the Al Ain Court of First Instance in May 2015 after she was found guilty of killing her employer in December 2014. 

She claimed it was self-defence because her employer tried to rape her.

Philippine Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr said the hearing for the case of Jennifer Dalquez was held on Monday.

"Ms Dalquez was acquitted for the murder charge. She will not be paying diyyah or blood money. However, she was sentenced for 5 years for theft for stealing the mobile phone of the person who was killed, less the number of years she had spent in jail," Vingno told Gulf News.

Vingno said Dalquez was arrested about a week after the incident on December 7, 2014. This means she has been serving time for 2 1/2 years since.

"We are still waiting for the official report from our lawyer to ascertain the details of the case, but this is definitely good news for her family and the Filipino people."

Dalquez' parents visited her in Al Ain in October 2015 and in March 2017, through the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. 

Source: Gulf News, June 20, 2017

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