Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez released from jail
After more than three months in detention, Mark Anthony Fernandez was released from the Pampanga provincial jail on Friday, December 27, after being acquitted of transporting a kilogram of dried marijuana.
According to Judge Ireneo Pangilinan Jr. of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58, Fernandez’ arresting officers committed “procedural breaches” in handling the evidence again the 38-year-old actor.
“All told, the prosecution failed to prove that accused [Fernandez] is guilty beyond reasonable doubt of transportation of dangerous drugs. The plurality of procedural breaches, without plausible explanation, for noncompliance by the police officers with the rule on chain of custody, warrants the acquittal of the herein accused,” Pangilinan said in a 24-page resolution issued on Dec. 21.
Last October, policemen discovered a marijuana brick in Fernandez’ car when it was flagged down at a police checkpoint Barangay Virgen delos Remedios in Angeles.
Initially, authorities stopped him because his car did not have a license plate, but he sped away and was then chased by policemen. He was caught in Barangay Saguin in the same city.
Police found two packs of marijuana weighing 786 grams and 7.108 grams. The court noted, however, that the evidence was marked at the police station and immediately upon the arrest of Fernandez.
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