Marzan pleads not guilty to maid abuse

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 20 2012 11:31 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2012 01:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Analiza Marzan on Thursday pleaded innocent to the attempted homicide and serious physical injury charges lodged by her former house helper, Bonita Baran.

Mrs. Marzan had her arraignment today for the seven counts of serious physical injuries and two counts of attempted homicide before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 40.

Mrs. Marzan and her husband, Reynold, earlier entered a not guilty plea for the illegal detention charges before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 77.

On Wednesday, another alleged former house helper surfaced and accused the Marzan couple of abuse.

Baran's lawyer, Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, said they may use the house helper as a character witness to boost their case against the defendants.

Meanwhile, Quezon City MTC Branch 40 Judge Julieto Fabrero scheduled the next hearing on October 4. – report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM