News on Pinay nanny’s murder spreads in UK
Daily Mail: Dennis Samson told ‘not to return to work’
By EUGENE ADIONG and CYRUS GARDE
BACOLOD City — The death of Negrense nanny Maribel Alpas in Nueva Ecija province last month had been known all over United Kingdom — if not the world — after the British tabloid Daily Mail reported on it last week.
A report on Daily Mail’s online edition on April 17 said “detectives want to question two UK-based nurses” — couple Dennis and Girlie Samson — “after their children’s nanny was found beheaded in the Philippines.”
Alpas, 31, a native of Brgy. Asia, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, cared for the Samsons’ two young children in Warrington, Cheshire, in the outskirts of London, where the couple were working as nurses, the report said.
She went missing on March 21. Four days later, her severed head was found by a farmer in a canal in Brgy. San Fernando Sur, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.
Charged with her murder were Dennis, Girlie’s brother Elcielo Valdez (not El Shelo, as earlier reported), and a John Doe.
The Daily Mail report also disclosed details not revealed in local media stories earlier.
It said Nueva Ecija police found “bones and human remains … among a pile of ashes at the Samsons’ family home” in Brgy. Gomez, Sta. Rosa town. It also said Dennis “has been told not to return to work at Warrington Hospital.”
“The Trust has not been made aware of any charges being brought against a member of our staff in relation to an incident in the Philippines,” Daily Mail quoted a spokesperson for Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as saying.
“We are currently seeking information from the authorities about the case,” it said. Meanwhile, “the staff member (Dennis) will not be on duty.”
In the British tabloid report, Dennis denied any bad blood between him and Alpas.
“We [didn’t] have any arguments. I never hit her. I never did anything bad at all,” he told Daily Mail. “It happened in the Philippines. I really had no idea.” He also said the news had caused them stress.
The report said the Samsons “[live] in a three-storey, semi-detached townhouse.”
According to Daily Mail, the Cabiao police chief Senior Insp. Eric de Venancio said they “searched the house after the head was found and discovered some ashes in the backyard.”
He told the paper that forensic investigators were yet “to establish if these belong to Miss Alpas.”
De Venancio was also quoted as saying, “We have not been able to contact Mr. Samson. I am asking him to get in touch with me so I can ask him further questions.”
Girlie, 40, was shocked, surprised and angered by the news of Alpas’ death, the Daily Mail report said.
The report said Girlie considered the nanny as “very, very close” to their family. “She was a lovely person. She was a kind person. … We treated her like a member of the family,” the report quoted her as saying.
In the report, Girlie said their children were confused by the absence of their nanny. “Our children are very young. They don’t know what’s going on.”
She said they loved and “spoiled” Alpas. “She could just ask for [anything]. I gave her food, clothing, personal things [and] lotions.”
Dennis said, “I even paid for her holiday (trip to Hinobaan on December last year),” adding that they would also give Alpas money to be sent to her family.
A FAMILY WOMAN
A campaign calling for justice for Alpas’ death had been set up by the nanny’s sister, Jocebel, via the Facebook page, “Justice for Maribel Alpas,” the Daily Mail report said.
Jocebel described her sister as “[very] family-oriented.” “She [was already] 31, but she didn’t want to get married yet because wanted to give us a better life,” she said.
“[Alpas] was our breadwinner … She didn’t want our mother to experience hardships. … All of her salary was given to our mother. There was almost nothing left for her,” the younger Alpas was quoted as saying.
Jocebel said Alpas intended to work for the Samsons for two more years until she becomes eligible to apply for British residency and seek work elsewhere, said the report./PN