Cling Kaipat’s sentencing hearing rescheduled, again

THE sentencing hearing for man convicted of illegal possession firearm was once again rescheduled due to a “difficulty” in communicating with the defendant, his court-appointed counsel, Colin Thompson, told the federal court on Tuesday.

Cling Phillip Gilbert Kaipat

Cling Phillip Gilbert Kaipat, who pled guilty to illegal possession of a firearm stolen from Superior Court Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Nov. 5, 2015, was supposed to be sentenced on Tuesday, but he did not appear in court.

At the same hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona continued the status conference and ordered Kaipat to show up at the hearing set for Wednesday.

Last month, the court also continued the sentencing hearing for Kaipat after Thompson told the judge that the defendant had to be restrained and assessed by a clinical psychologist.

 Kaipat was arrested for breaking into Govendo’s house on Nov. 5, 2015 while the judge was off-island, and for stealing his firearm.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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