Trial set for 2 men who allegedly stole ‘branches of bananas’


Many years ago, a woman’s conviction for stealing a towel from a hotel’s swimming pool area reached the CNMI Supreme Court. The case was popularly branded by a judge as “the great towel case.”

This July a Superior Court bench trial is set for two men accused of conspiring to steal “branches of bananas.”

The court has appointed Michael Dotts and Robert T. Torres as counsel for defendants Hilario Teigita Angui and Jonathan Babauta Ayuyu, respectively.

At a status conference yesterday before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho in a room at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe, the defendants and their court-appointed counsel appeared. Assistant attorney general Jonathan Wilberscheid represented the government.

Camacho set the bench trial for July 2 at 9am.

It was assistant attorney general J. Robert Glass Jr. who filed the information charging the 34-year-old Angui and 21-year-old Ayuyu each with conspiracy to commit theft and theft.

Glass stated in the information that on Dec. 14 and/or Dec. 16, 2016 on Saipan, Angui and Ayuyu conspired to steal branches of bananas belonging to Miguel Aldan Fleming.

Glass said the stolen branches of bananas have the value of less than $250.

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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