$10K bail for man who allegedly strangled his wife

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The Superior Court has imposed a $10,000 cash bail on a man who allegedly strangled his wife.

Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed the $10,000 cash bail on Jesus Borja Santos last Tuesday.

Assistant public defender Jean Nogues, who represented Santos, later asked the court to modify his bail and to release Santos to his grandmother as his third-party custodian. Superior Court Associate Judge Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted Santos’ request for bail modification.

Govendo imposed a curfew on Santos from 6pm to 6am.

Santos is charged with strangulation, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace and he is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 21 at 9am for a preliminary hearing, and on Oct. 27 at 9am for his arraignment.

According to court documents, the victim told police that Santos wanted to have sex but she refused and that they ended up on the ground, and that was when Santos used his left had to squeeze her neck. The victim said the squeeze was not too hard, but she had difficulty breathing. While he was allegedly choking her, Santos also reportedly slapped her face with his open right palm four times.

When the victim managed to get up, Santos grabbed her back to the ground and, this time, placed one of his palms over her nose and mouth, causing her to struggle for air.

She said she was about to black out when Santos let go and that was when she started vomiting.

She told police that she kept asking Santos to leave her alone, but he did not leave her until his mother came in the room.

Responding police reported that the victim had a dark bruise on the left side of her face and lip area. Police also said she had bruises on her left arm around her bicep area and a reddish mark on her neck.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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