Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Attorney arrested for stabbing a man

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Richard Hamlin was arrested on Sunday for stabbing a man at Toy's Tavern in Tamuning.

Guam - A Guam attorney and member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was arrested over the weekend for stabbing a man at a bar.

According to court documents, police officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the parking lot of Toy’s Tavern in Tamuning at around 2:00 Sunday morning. Richard William Hamlin was seen leaving the bar and pushing a man before stabbing him in the abdomen with a 3- to 4-inch silver blade. The report states that the victim grappled with Hamlin, who still refused to drop the knife, and ran away into the jungle area nearby.

Witnesses reported seeing Hamlin inside the bar earlier in the evening, drinking heavily and showing off his knife. The victim later told police that he had escorted Hamlin out of the bar before he was stabbed. The victim suffered a half-inch laceration to his rib cage and was transported to Naval Hospital. Police officers reportedly found Hamlin on the ground, trying to conceal himself in heavy vegetation. He was observed to be intoxicated and refused to cooperate with police officers.

Hamlin was arrested and charged with aggravated assault as a second-degree felony, resisting arrest, and public drunkenness.

Guam Bar Association President Jehan’ad Martinez told PNC that Hamlin is still an active member of GBA, and added, “All GBA members are obligated to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Guam Rules of Professional Conduct.  Alleged violations of those Rules can result in an investigation and potential prosecution by the Office of the GBA Ethics Prosecutor at the direction of the Investigatory Panel of the GBA Ethics Committee.  The Investigatory Panel decides whether to initiate any action within the GBA’s lawyer discipline system.  This process is independent of any criminal proceedings that might be pending against a GBA member and the process is confidential unless the disposition indicates otherwise.”

ABC Board Chairman Rey Llaneta was unavailable for comment as of news time.

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