BELLA Ruby Santos has won some and lost some in her legal battle with the police in relation to the kidnap-murder of six-year-old Ellah Joy Pique.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Branch 13 yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) to return some items seized inside Santos’ two-storey residence in barangay Inayagan, Naga City.
The court also allowed Santos to recover the following items: hair strands, Local Area Network (LAN) cord, one Nintendo DS game cartridge, one rug, sex toys, empty porn CD covers, assorted CDs, waiver, assorted identification cards, passport, and two stones.
RTC Judge Meinrado Paredes believed the items were not used in the crimes which Santos and her British partner Ian Charles Griffiths were charged with.
But Paredes decided to retain the bed sheets, blanket, table card, a portion of a bed mattress, video camera with accessories and tapes, one USB and a card reader.
These items will remain under court custody. Paredes denied the motion to quash the search warrant filed by Santos and the CIDG-7′s motion to take custody of the seized items for “lack of factual and legal basis.”