Woman arrested for stabbing common-law husband

A WOMAN from Chalan Laulau was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated assault and battery after allegedly stabbing his common-law husband with a kitchen knife.

Ana Nepaial Mettao, 54, was also charged with domestic violence and disturbing the peace.

The victim told police that he, Metta  and another man started drinking beer at 11 a.m. on April 4, the day of the incident. At 10 p.m., the victim said Mettao began arguing with the other man.  He said in an attempt to separate them, he and the man left the house where they were drinking.

The victim said on his way back into the kitchen, Mettao stood in the middle of the doorway. When he told her to get out of the way, he said, she raised her right hand and stabbed him once with a kitchen knife.

He said he felt dizzy and thought he was going to pass out. He then sat under a mango tree while applying pressure on his wound until the police arrived.

The victim was transported to the Commonwealth Health Center by Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel at 10:51 p.m.

According to the attending physician, Dr. Nicholas Villalon, the victim sustained a one-inch puncture wound that was two inches deep. The wound required four stitches.

Mettao was arrested at the scene, and was taken to CHC for medical clearance before being transported to the Department of Corrections for booking and detention.

At a bail hearing Friday afternoon, Superior Court Associate Judge Camacho imposed a $25,000 cash bail on Mettao.

Assistant Public Defender Heather Zona appeared as Mettao’s  counsel while Assistant Attorney General  Frances Demapan represented the government.

Mettao’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 13 at 9 a.m. while her arraignment will be held on April 16 at 9 a.m.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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