28 Dec 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Thursday found probable cause to charge two suspects in a burglary and theft incident.
Amado Kereman and Demson Sachuo, who are both 18, were charged with conspiracy, burglary and theft, and criminal mischief.
Kereman appeared in court with his third-party custodian, his mother. He was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.
Sachuo appeared in court in the custody of the CNMI Department of Corrections. Attorney Myra Cai of the Mike Dotts Law Office was appointed by the court to represent Sachuo.
Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas appeared for the government.
At the hearing, Detective Jackson Davis testified that the defendants tried to break into a house in Kagman III by kicking its door. When they failed to break the door, they shattered a glass window and gained entry into the house, Davis added.
He said some of the items stolen from the house had been recovered and were identified by the victim as her belongings. They are worth about $1,258.52, the victim told police.
Judge Govendo ordered Sachuo to return to court today, Friday, at 9 a.m. for a hearing on the defendant’s bail modification request. Sachuo, through his defense counsel, has asked the court to release him to his mother as third-party custodian.
On Wednesday, Judge Govendo granted Kereman’s request to be released to his mother with conditions.
Sachuo and Kereman were also ordered to return to court on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. before Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja.
Police responded to a burglary in progress on Nov. 27, 2018 at 2:28 a.m. in Kagman III behind the CYC store.
Kereman refused to make a statement to the police, but Sachuo admitted that it was his idea to break into the house.
Sachuo said he, Kereman and two other guys were drinking under a mango tree when he came up with the idea of breaking into a nearby house.
Police said the two other guys remained under the mango tree and did not follow Kereman and Sachuo.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109701-judge-finds-probable-cause-in-kagman-burglary-and-theft-case