Trial begins in case of man accused of beating bar customer

The jury trial of a man accused of punching a Garapan bar customer in the face began yesterday.

Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub called to the witness stand the government’s first witness against David Aguon, Department of Public Safety police officer Flora Aguon.

Flora Aguon testified that police officer Jason Tarkong showed her photo of defendant Aguon but Tarkong, who was called to the witness stand, denied showing her any photo.

Defense attorney Victorino Torres moved to strike Officer Aguon’s testimony

Associate Judge Joseph Camacho ordered the prosecution and the defense to brief the issue and argue the motion to exclude the identity of defendant today, Tuesday, at 9am.

In the defense’s opening statement, attorney Matthew Holley, co-counsel of Torres, stated that the alleged victim was drunk and foul-mouthed at the White and Black Bar in western Garapan in March 2016.

Police said the victim, Christopher Broome, was taken to the hospital due to injuries to the bridge of his nose that required seven stitches.

Police said Broome told a police officer that he was punched in the face and was knocked out. Broome later identified the suspect inside the Tribes Bar in Garapan. Police then arrested Aguon.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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