Man allegedly beats up common-law wife for catching a bouquet at a wedding party


A man allegedly beat up his common-law wife for catching a bouquet thrown by a bride during a wedding party they attended in Kagman last Saturday night.

Christopher Wabol, 42, was arrested for assault and battery-domestic violence, and disturbing the peace.

Police said the victim had bruises on the left side of her face and a small cut inside her lower lip.

At a hearing Wednesday, Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed a $5,000 cash bail on Wabol.

A hearing on Wabol’s request to modify the bail was set for yesterday.

According to police detective Eugene O. Dillay, preliminary investigation showed that Wabol and his live-in partner had just attended a wedding party in Kagman III when the alleged beating happened.

At the wedding, Wabol reportedly got mad at his partner for catching the bouquet thrown by the bride. (It’s a customary idea that the girl who catches the bride’s bouquet will be the next one who will get married).

Wabol allegedly called his wife to their car, where he allegedly punched her repeatedly in the face.

The victim told police that she, Wabol, and their 6-year-old daughter left the wedding Saturday at 11:30pm.

The victim said when they arrived home, Wabol continued beating her. She said she was still in the passenger seat of the car when Wabol pulled her out. As she was walking to the front door of their house, Wabol allegedly lifted her from behind, slammed her to the ground, and began beating her.

She said their daughter, who was inside the car, witnessed the beating.

The victim said Wabol punched her repeatedly on the left side of her face and upper left chest, causing injuries.

It was Sunday at 12:11am when police responded to the residence after receiving a call about a disturbance.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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