Kaipat testifies, relays events at club
by Nick Delgado
Guam - For the first time since he was arrested in October of last year, the man arrested for Robert Gee Mantanona Blas's death speaks out. Isaac wabol kaipat took the stand today during his own trial recounting the events of October 3, 2009.
Charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault, Kaipat spent the morning on the witness stand testifying before a jury of his peers. Kaipat has been in jail for more than a year, waiting to tell his side of the story. He was a bouncer at the Club 7 Deuce nightclub and was the individual who escorted Robert Blas out of the bar that night. Kaipat said he was shooting pool when he heard glass shatter on the ground.
He testified that he saw Blas in an argument with about ten other individuals inside the bar that's when he said he grabbed Blas by the waist and pushed him out the door stating, "Dude, you got to get the [expletive] out of here!" Kaipat said, "I was trying to prevent anyone from fighting." He admitted that he slapped Blas on the left cheek with his right hand and watched as he dropped and hit the ground hard. After being questioned by the prosecution, Kaipat admitted that he shouted, "You want some of this" and walked away as Blas lay motionless on the ground.
Kaipat returned to the bar and said he later heard police arrive on the scene. Defense Attorney Mike Nisperos asked his client what his reaction was after he had slapped Blas. Kaipat responded, "I was shocked that he was knocked out but I didn't think he was injured, not from a slap."
Witnesses during the government's case testified that they saw Kaipat use an open hand to hit Blas on the left side of his face. The medical examiner's autopsy revealed that Blas had sustained blunt force trauma to the right side of his head as if he had been hit with an object.
Nisperos' motion for a directed verdict of not guilty was denied by Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Barrett Anderson, which means the case will be left in the hands of jurors. Closing arguments will be presented on Wednesday morning with jury instructions and deliberations to follow.