The couple, facing parricide charges for the death of their 6-year-old daughter in Bacolod City, may seek a plea bargaining agreement with the court to reduce their penalty, Bacolod City Police Office Women and Children;s Complaint’s Desk chief, Insp. Jovy Cabcaban said yesterday.
Couple Rachel Esguera, 26, and her husband Bernard Nolan, 27, of B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod, were presented to the court yesterday for their pre-trial conference.
Cabcaban said City Prosecutor Amrando Abanado told the couples’ lawyers, Joel Cabalatungan and Christine Bogador, that they should put in writing the willingness of their clients to enter into a plea bargaining agreement.
She said Abanado also told the couples’ lawyer that they should submit the document indicating that they are entering into a plea bargaining agreement before the next setting of the pre-trial on February 14, where the police will present forensic evidences gathered from the crime scene.
During the pre-trial setting yesterday, initial evidences like the birth and the death certificate of the child, the autopsy report of City Medico Legal Officer Ely Cong, the reports of the Social Worker, the pressing iron and the belt believed used in the crime were presented to the court, Cabcaban told the DAILY STAR.
The couple was arrested on October 27 last year when their daughter died at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital several minutes after they brought her there.
Their arraignment was held December 6 and Esguera pleaded not guilty, while Nolan initially entered a plea of guilty but after being apprised of the consequences of his plea, Nolan did not answer when he was asked for his plea again, causing the court to enter a “not guilty” plea for him.*APN