A Filipino tricycle driver was handed a jail term of 12 to 20 years for raping an Irish tourist in El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines.

The attack happened around 4am on February 13 after an Irish woman and her friends took a tricycle driven by the suspect Perry Gaspe, 39, GMA News reported.

As the victim stayed at a different hostel from her friends, she got off before them. Gaspe insisted that he walked the woman to her hostel while her friends waited in the tricycle.

When they passed a narrow lane, Gaspe pinned the woman to the ground and raped her before running away. Police received reports at 7am and arrested Gaspe at 9am on suspicion of rape, The Irish Sun reported.

After the suspect was taken to a police station, the Irish woman, accompanied by a friend and a female police officer, identified him as being the man who allegedly raped her.

Gaspe pleaded guilty to rape and was sentenced to 12 to 20 years’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 pesos (US$1,918) for violating the Anti-Rape Law of 1997. Gaspe will be transferred to Iwahig Prsion and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.