Woman allegedly stabs husband in the neck


A woman allegedly stabbed her common-law husband in the nape during a drinking session with a neighbor at their home in Chalan Laulau last week.

The victim, Biro Hamo, was taken to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment of a two-inch deep puncture wound on the neck. The wound was about an inch in length. He was later released as an outpatient, police said.

The common-law-wife, Ana Nepaial Mettao, 55, was arrested at the scene for assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

At a hearing last Friday afternoon, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $25,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for April 13 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Heather Zona was appointed as counsel for Mettao. Assistant attorney general Frances Demapan appeared for the government.

A police officer was dispatched to a disturbance call at Mettao’s residence in Chalan Laulau last Wednesday, April 4, at 10:46pm. The responding officer arrived at the scene and found out that it was a stabbing incident.

At CHC, where Hamo was taken by emergency medical technicians, he told police that he had been drinking with Mettao and a male neighbor at their house since 11am that day.

He said Mettao and their neighbor began arguing so he separated them. He said he took their neighbor out of the kitchen and escorted him outside the house.

On his way back to the kitchen, Mettao stood in the middle of the doorway and then stabbed him with a knife once behind his neck.

The victim said he immediately felt dizzy so he sat under a mango tree while applying pressure to his wound until the police arrived.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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