Life Imprisonment Meted On Woman Who Tortured Her House Helper
Ringo | On 12, Aug 2017
In 2012, Bonita Baran filed a complaint against her former employers, who she accused of torture.
The issue became controversial to the point that the Senate intervened.
After five years, she just got justice. The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) meted life imprisonment against Liza Catahan while her husband Reynaldo Marzan will have to spend at least eight years in jail for illegal detention.
In 2007, when she was only 17, Baran entered the house of the Marzans as a house helper. She thought she can make her and her family’s life a bit comfortable but turned out a night mare.
She burned by a flat iron, hit several times with a figurine dumbbells, stabbed with scissors, starved and then fed with cockroaches, and the worst part, her eyes were pierced that caused her blindness. She wasn’t able to go out because they double locked the house.
In 2012, she was brought to the bus station and asked a conductor to help her. They bribed her with a brand new TV. She grabbed the chance and informed the authorities. Fortunately, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta personally handled the case.
Catahan and Marzan were then arrested. He posted bail but she remained in jail because denied of it. They insisted that the injuries of Baran were self-inflicted but the evidence doesn’t lie.
Now, she’s happy. She might not have forgiven the couple but she is hopeful to face despite she lost her sight.