Court allows man in assault case to go work on Pagan

Posted on May 11 2021

A man who faces assault and battery and disturbing the peace charges in the CNMI Superior Court has been allowed to leave Saipan so he could work on a construction project on Pagan in the Northern Islands.

Daniel Olkeriil Kaipat, who was initially brought to court on Aug. 20 last year, has been granted leave to depart Saipan on May 8 by boat to Pagan for the construction project, with the project scheduled to end in late June. The Governor’s Office and the Northern Islands Mayor’s Office agreed to send Kaipat back to Saipan on or around June 30, even if the project itself has still not been completed. Court documents did not specify the type of project Kaipat will be working on.

It was learned that Kaipat was recently offered temporary employment with the Governor’s Office to assist the Northern Islands Mayor’s Office with a construction project. However, the original bail conditions set for Kaipat ordered that he be nowhere near any airports or seaports, and that he should have no contact with the person he allegedly assaulted.

Almost a year later after his criminal case and bail hearings, both Kaipat’s lawyer and the Office of the Attorney General now agree that Kaipat has made active efforts to improve himself, and filed an amended stipulated motion to modify Kaipat’s bail on May 5. The motion’s hearing and approval took place on May 7 at the temporary courtroom at the Marianas Business Plaza, with CNMI Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley M. Bogdan presiding.

In the motion, it stated that Kaipat’s compliance with the bail condition that he not have any contact with his alleged victim will be a given: “Working in the Northern Islands will, of course, make compliance with this condition a foregone conclusion,” states the May 5 court document. The two parties further stipulated that the project is a great opportunity for Kaipat, as it will pay several thousands of dollars.

The stipulated motion for bail modification clarified that all current bail conditions are to be kept the same, but to briefly grant limited permission to Kaipat to leave the island for the project and the project only. Once the project is completed and/or Kaipat is back on Saipan by or around June 30, the conditions are back in full effect.

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.
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