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Prosecutor recommends no bail for US Marine’s alleged killers

THE Makati City Prosecutors Office recommended on Thursday the filing of murder charges against four men who were allegedly involved in the killing of a vacationing US Marine in Makati City over the weekend.

Assistant City Prosecutor Gilbert R. Alcala recommended that Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Crispin de la Paz, Osric Cabrera and Galicano Datu III be charged with murder over the killing of George Anikow, whom they attacked near the gate of Bel-Air Subdivision in Makati City.

Anikow, who served with the US Marines Combat Team 3 in Afghanistan and the husband of a US diplomat, died in the hospital owing to a single stab wound in the neck.

Alcala recommended no bail for the respondents.

The prosecutor noted that the suspects outnumbered the victim, who was even under the influence of alcohol at the time of the attack.

The “inequality of forces between the victim and respondents—four of them, all of them in their mid- or late-20s, and one of them armed with a knife—necessitated the filing of murder charges against them,” the resolution said.

“In a long line of cases, it has been held that the circumstance of abuse of superior strength depends on the age, size and strength of the parties. It is considered when there is a notorious inequality of forces between the victim and aggressor,” it added.

Anikow was resting near the guardhouse of Bel-Air Village when he noticed that the security guard on duty was checking the identification papers of the four who were in a vehicle.

The guard denied them entry into the subdivision because they did not have a village decal.

The American reportedly confronted the respondents that resulted in a heated argument. Irked, Anikow reportedly tapped the back of the respondents’ vehicle, a silver   Volvo sedan with license plate TOJ-886.

The four suspects allegedly got off the vehicle and mauled Anikow before one of them stabbed him.

The suspects tried to escape but they were arrested by the village’s security guards.

 

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