Two women get 30 months in jail for beating female cashier at store

Two women who were among five persons accused in the beating of a female cashier and two men at a store in Chalan Kanoa were slapped each with a jail sentence of two years and six months.

Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman in separate orders issued on Thursday, gave Norna Tipingeni credit for two months and 14 days she already served in jail.

Wiseman gave Arinna A. Reiong credit for two months and six days she already served in prison.

The judge ordered the defendants to start serving the jail term on Friday, July 27, at the Department of Corrections.

Tipingeni and Reiong are expected to be released from DOC on Nov. 11, 2014 and Nov. 19, 2014 respectively.

Wiseman required the defendants each to pay a $100 fine and $100 court assessment fee.

Wiseman ordered the defendants to pay their pro rata share of restitution to the victims in an amount to be determined by the court after the Office of the Attorney General’s submission of restitution.

The judge said he believes that Tipingeni and Reiong are one of those violent and serious criminal offenders who do pose the most dangerous threat to society.

However, Wiseman said, he finds that the 22-year-old Tipingeni and 27-year-old Reiong have no criminal history either as a juvenile or adult.

“That being said, the court can not, however, excuse or minimize the seriousness of participating in a crime of such a brutal and unprovoked attack on the victim,” Wiseman said.

The judge said Tipingeni and Reiong along with co-defendant Cheroleen Ray, who is now serving a two-year jail term for these crimes, went into a store where the victim was a cashier on Aug. 8, 2011.

Wiseman said the defendants began pulling the victim’s hair and punching and kicking her face and body and throwing butane gas canisters on her body.

As a result of these attacks, the victim was found unconscious on the floor in a pool of blood and remained unconscious for four hours.

The physician assistant testified that it was one of the worst assaults or beatings he has seen.

The victim’s injuries included a broken nose, fractures, and bruises and swelling on the head and other parts of body.

Dhaka Store where the victim was cashier was left in disarray and had to close for two weeks while the victim was recovering.

In April 2012, the jury found Tipingeni and Reiong guilty of aggravated assault and battery, but not guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon.

The jurors found co-defendant Anson Sansi not guilty of aggravated assault and battery, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Wiseman, who decided on misdemeanor charges, found Tipingeni and Reiong guilty of one count each for assault and battery and disturbing the peace. Wiseman found Sansi guilty of two counts of assault and battery and two counts of disturbing the peace.

Defendants Cheroleen Ray and Mark Rudolph have already entered a guilty plea and were subsequently sentenced.

By Ferdie de la Torre

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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