The remains of Filipina domestic worker Joanna Demafelis who was murdered and kept in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait is expected to arrive today, the Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday said.
On Wednesday afternoon, Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Rene Villa went to Al-Sabah Hospital to view Demafelis’ remains as part of the Philippine Embassy’s preparations for the repatriation.
Villa said the Kuwaiti authorities reassured him that they are doing their best to locate and arrest the Lebanese employer of Demafelis and his Syrian wife for her murder.
The Ambassador said Kuwaiti authorities are shocked and angered by the murder and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
Demafelis’ body was discovered after a court order was issued for the owner of the apartment to vacate it and justice staff, as part of the procedures to re-possess the premises, inspected the rooms and checked the household items.
The apartment has been vacant since November 2016 after its tenants, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife, left Kuwait.
The Lebanese national was wanted by authorities in connection with several legal cases, including bouncing cheques, and with a court ruling of 14 days in jail.