The Office of the Attorney General has dropped one of two charges against rookie police officer accused of beating up his wife, who is also a police officer.
Assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas amended the information that charged Ramon Saures Kaipat with assault and battery and disturbing the peace. The two charges carry a maximum penalty of one year and six months imprisonment.
Barcinas dropped the disturbing the peace charge, leaving only the assault and battery charge. That carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment.
Barcinas said he disturbing the peace charge was dropped for purposes of non-trial disposition.
The 38-year-old Kaipat has pleaded not guilty. The bench trial will be on May 15, 2017.
Kaipat allegedly hit his wife several times on the head and body last Jan. 13.
Police officers responded to the Truongs parking lot on Beach Road in Susupe at 11:18pm after receiving a call about a disturbing the peace incident.
A police detective saw Kaipat on top of his wife on the passenger side seat of a Nissan Altima car. Kaipat was reportedly holding down his wife’s head on the seat. The wife was stepping on the car’s horn, causing it to honk several times.
The couple had just come from a party for patrol officers at a hotel. While the wife was talking with her sister on the cellphone, Kaipat allegedly grabbed the phone and her hair and beat her up.