New Zealand National Arrested in the Philippines

A New Zealand national, nabbed last October in Davao City for trafficking and child abuse but was later given temporary liberty due to technicality, was rearrested on Thursday, a police official said.

City police director, Supt. Renante Cabico, said that David William Wakefield, 50, was apprehended after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Davao City issued a warrant for his arrest.

“I am pleased that the court has found probable cause to place Wakefield in prison,” said Cabico.

He, however, did not cite details on how the foreigner was arrested.

Wakefield was charged with violations of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, the Anti-Child Abuse Act, and statutory rape, police records show.

Last October 25, Wakefield was arrested in his hotel room in Davao City.

The police brought the complainants, both girls aged 11 and 13, in Wakefield’s room to check if he was the person they alleged to have committed sexual molestations against them.

A week later, however, the Kiwi was given temporary liberty due to some technicality.

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