Tuesday, December 05, 2006

USMC Lance Cpl convicted in Philippine rape case

Sounds like he actually did it from the article's description. 40 years is a little on the high side by US incarceration standards, but I really have little sympathy for those who would abuse the locals in this manner.

Manila Standard
A MAKATI court convicted US marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith of rape and sentenced him to 40 years in prison yesterday in a landmark case[...]

[...] In his ruling, Pozon cited 14 pieces of circumstantial evidence that proved Smith raped Nicole.

These included Nicole’s vaginal injuries and bruises on her legs and arms, the testimony of prosecution witnesses who saw Smith carrying the unconscious Nicole out of the Neptune Bar, and Smith’s admission that he had sex with the complainant[...]

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