Stabbing suspect released to three third-party custodians

Posted on Mar 16 2021

A man accused of using a broken wine bottle to stab someone was released to three third-party custodians last Friday in Superior Court.

Fernando E. Galban, 45, was released to three third party custodians: his pregnant wife and his two neighbors who live next door to him. In this case, the third-party custodians will act as guardians who will make sure that Galban goes to and from work to his barracks near Tropex Garden in Finasisu.

Associate Judge Wesley M. Bogdan also ordered Galban to pay $500 of the $5,000 bail and placed him under house arrest.

In his declaration of probable cause to support an issuance of an arrest warrant, police detective Buddy Igitol said the victim sustained several lacerations from the altercation.

“Injuries were observed on the anterior ankle with visible tendon damage, one laceration on the forearm, bicep, puncture wound in the right anterior ankle with tendon injury, and large laceration on the right lower leg,” Igitol added.

According to court documents, Galban was with several individuals last Jan. 12 and they were drinking and singing karaoke at the Finasisu residence when the incident happened.

Reportedly, one of the men had reprimanded Galban about his flirtatious behavior with one of the women at the get-together and told him to show respect to the woman’s boyfriend.

According to the victim, Galban shoved and kicked him, grabbed a bottle of wine and hit his head with it, shattering the bottle. Another man told police that he saw Galban take the broken wine bottle and stabbed the victim’s right leg with it while he was still on the ground.

In a written statement to the police, Galban said he moved closer to the woman because the volume of the music was loud and he wanted to have a conversation with her.

Galban said the victim was attacking him verbally and physically, so he attempted to hit the victim with a bottle of wine, but the bottle slipped from his hand and shattered on the floor. Galban said the guy then stepped on the shattered bottle while attempting to get to him.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.
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