Three men were taken to court on Monday after being arrested over the weekend for separate domestic violence incidents on Saipan.
Benjamin Joseph Fitial, 37, and Fermin Q. Castro, 25, were detained for assault and battery and disturbing the peace.
Benzi Ngeskebei, 27, was held for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.
Fitial is being kept on a $1,250 cash bail, Castro on $5,000 cash, and Ngeskebei on $20,000 cash.
According to police detective Therese S. Kintoki, Fitial and his common-law wife had an argument Friday morning after she confronted him for hitting her in the face with a towel Thursday night.
Fitial accused his common-law wife of cheating on him and allegedly slapped her in the face. She ran to a neighbor’s house where she called the police.
In Castro’s case, police detective Flora Danica B. Aguon stated in her report that the defendant allegedly choked his common-law wife behind the Gold Beach Hotel in Garapan Saturday morning.
Aguon said that, according to the wife, Castro never came home after getting his paycheck, but called her on the phone Saturday morning, asking her to have his nephew bring him water at the back of Gold Beach Hotel because he was thirty.
The wife went behind the hotel and threw Castro’s pillow and blanket at his feet. This allegedly prompted Castro to choke her. When she managed to get away, Castro ran off.
The wife said it was not the first time that Castro assaulted her and that she had filed several complaints against him in the past.
In Ngeskebei’s case, police detective Isapen Bokuku said the defendant repeatedly hit his sister with a baseball bat and punched her at their house in Koblerville last Sept. 17.
Bokuku said the sister managed to escape by jumping out from a window and tearing the screen. Injured, the victim ran to Turnkey Housing where she called the police.
The victim told police that Ngeskebei got mad after their mother could not give him money. After learning that their mother had left the house, the defendant allegedly beat up his sister.