by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Former police officers David Q. Manila and Anthony Quenga will not get a new trial. The two have been waiting behind bars for the court to act on their request as the defense argued that a new trial was warranted due to new evidence provided by a former worker at the Blue House lounge.
Ivory Waren testified that she and the other girls who worked at the former upper Tumon establishment were paid and were not allowed to have sex with customers. She claimed the other girls were lying about being forced to live there and have sex with customers including the two defendants when they were police officers.
Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola denied the defense motion finding that the evidence from Waren's testimony merely impeaches the testimony of the other witnesses but isn't enough to result in an acquittal. The judge also noted that the defense could have called Waren as a witness during the trial but decided against it. Additionally she wrote, "The defendants' failure to learn of the evidence is due to lack of diligence."
Manila and Quenga were convicted of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, promoting prostitution and felonious restraint. They are now scheduled to be sentenced on April 14 and the government has already indicated plans to seek life sentences for the two former police officers.