Syrian, Lebanese couple sentenced to death for killing Filipina maid in Kuwait

The primary suspects to the murder of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis had been sentenced to death by hanging, a judicial source told Kuwaiti newspapers.

Justice has been swift for the young Filipina domestic helper who had suffered much abuse in the hands of her employers who were also the primary suspects to her murder.

Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf and his wife, Syrian national Mona Hassoun, were found guilty of torturing and beating Demafelis before she was placed inside a freezer at the couple’s home in Kuwait

Assaf locked the apartment, told the landlord not to open the door as there were valuables inside, reported to authorities that Demafelis had run away from their home, before taking his wife out of Kuwait to their respective hometowns.

The last time neighbors had seen Demafelis and the couple was sometime in November 2016. Police serving an eviction notice at the apartment for an unrelated case against Assaf were the ones who discovered the Pinay domestic helper’s body inside the freezer.

There were indications that she was still alive when placed inside the freezer, something that Assaf reportedly confirmed when he was arrested.

According to reports, Assaf claimed that he was shocked to see Demafelis unconscious from his wife’s beatings that he wasn’t able to think clearly.
Instead of taking the bleeding woman to the hospital, he placed her inside the freezer before fleeing the country with his wife.

Assaf is currently under the custody of authorities in Lebanon while his wife is jailed in Syria; however, the Kuwaiti court tried their case in absentia and found them both guilty. They were sentenced to death by hanging.

While the couple can still appeal the case when they get extradited to Kuwait, it is unlikely that they will win the appeal considering the amount of evidence against them. Demafelis could really now rest in peace…


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