Australia's 'most wanted' nabbed in Alabang

by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2012 10:39 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2012 06:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Immigration arrested one of Australia's most wanted criminals, Brett Ronald Maston, at his home in Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa last Friday.
Maston is facing multiple charges in Australia, including robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

Maston allegedly fled to the Philippines to evade the charges.

Maston even managed to live the high life here and befriended government officials.

But Maston also has a pending case here in the Philippines.

His personal assistant filed rape charges against him before the Makati Police in May 2011.

According to the victim, the rape happened on the night of May 6, 2011 inside the Australian's house at Three Salcedo Place in Makati.

Maston allegedly spiked her beer with a sleeping drug.
But the complainant went missing when police filed the case in court.

“Hindi naman pwedeng pilitin sila na i-file. Nasa kanila po ang decision. Naka-several calls ‘yung imbestigador, ‘di na bumalik,” said Senior Inspector Shirley Bao, chief of Makati Police Women's Desk.

Police said the case may have been settled out of court.

“Malamang hindi na siya willing mag-file ng case kasi baka nagkausap na sila ng inerereklamo niya,” added Bao.

Police said Maston can still be convicted if the victim decides to surface and push through with the case.

However, time is running out since the Australian Federal Police is set to take custody of Maston on Saturday.