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Friday, July 28, 2006

DOJ Calls Driver Co-Conspirator In Rape Case Against 4 US Servicemen

Komfie Manalo - All Headline News Foreign Correspondent
Manila, Philippines (AHN) - The Department of Justice has asked the court to reinstate driver Timoteo Soriano as a co-accused party in the rape case filed by a Filipina against four US servicemen.

Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno has filed a seven-page resolution before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 139 to include the driver as a co-accused party along with US Marine Lance Corporals Daniel Smith, Keith Silkwood, Dominic Duplantis and Staff Sergeant Chad Carpentier.

In the resolution, the Justice Department said the fact that Soriano drove the van slowly while "Nicole" was allegedly being raped, showed "his participation was not merely of companionship." "Nicole" is the court-appointed name for the victim.

It reads, "Respondent Soriano was the driver of the Starex van used by his co-conspirators before and after the consummation of the sexual assault committed against complainant. More importantly, at the time complainant was being raped, he was driving the van in a very low gear to give more opportunity to his co-conspirators to perpetrate his evil desire."

Meanwhile, Makati RTC Judge Benjamin Pozon ordered Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory forensic expert Chief Inspector Dr. Francisco Supe to produce the complete DNA patterns from their examination of the used condom and victims underwear.

The court said, "The complete DNA pattern will help this court in properly assessing the prosecution's exhibit."

"Nicole" alleged she was raped by Smith inside the moving Starex van inside the former U.S. military base in Subic, Olongapo City on the night of November 1 while his three companions cheered


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