In a record trial period, a tricycle driver in El Nido, Palawan yesterday was sentenced by a local court to suffer a maximum 20-year imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to raping a 21-year old Irish tourist last February 13.
Accused Perry Gaspe was meted a 12-20-year jail term and was also asked to pay the court a P100,000 fine after he immediately pleaded guilty to his offense. He will be immediately transferred to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
Police Regional Office 4-B director, Chief Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said that the suspect was arrested and jailed by the local police for allegedly raping the Irish woman.
Gaspe, a resident of Sitio Proper in Barangay San Fernando, El Nido was charged for violation of Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 following a complaint from the tourist, said Apolinario.
The official said that the suspect was arrested following a complaint from the tourist who was accompanied by two fellow foreigners when she went to the El Nido Municipal Police Station two hours after the incident.
The complainant said that the sexual abuse took place in an alley leading to the Elternative Hostel in Barangay Maligaya El Nido around 4 a.m. Wednesday last week.
She said that prior to the incident, she and her two friends asked the suspect to bring them to the Elternative Hostel. After reaching a local gasoline station, she said that the suspect followed her when she alighted from the tricycle to walk towards the hostel. The woman said that the man offered to accompany her to the hostel while her two friends who were staying in another hotel were left in the vehicle.