Hilo man pleads not responsible to kidnapping, intercourse assault

sep. 27—A 52-year-old Hilo man, indicted on cartoons associated to the alleged kidnapping, sexual assault, terroristic threatening and drugging of a 15-year-old lady Sept. 16 on Hawaii island, had his probation revoked two days earlier in a separate terroristic threatening case.

A 52-year-old Hilo man, indicted on prices associated to the alleged kidnapping, sexual assault, terroristic threatening and drugging of a 15-year-old lady Sept. 16 on Hawaii island, had his probation revoked two days earlier in a separate terroristic threatening case.

Duncan Mahi pleaded not responsible Monday when he appeared in third Circuit Court docket earlier than Choose Wendy DeWeese, who maintained his bail at $2 million, however ordered a bail examine, as requested by his court-appointed lawyer.

The choose made reference to Mahi’s violation of probation when he allegedly dedicated the crimes Sept. 16.

On Sept. 14, Choose Henry Nakamoto had ordered a warrant of arrest for Mahi.

Mahi had pleaded no contest to terroristic threatening and had been sentenced Sept. 26, 2019, to 4 years’ probation. He had failed on varied dates in 2021 to report back to his probation officer, to report for random drug testing and to attend a program for substance abuse. On March 9, the state requested for revocation of his probation.

He was arrested, however later given supervised launch June 27. On Sept. 13, the state proposed to have his supervised launch revoked as a result of he failed to seem in court docket Aug. 31 for a pretrial convention.

He additionally violated probation in an apparently separate case, in line with on-line court docket information through which he pleaded no contest Sept. 26, 2019, to abuse of household and family members, first-degree terrorist threatening and resisting arrest.

In these instances, he’s scheduled to seem Dec. 20 in Circuit Court docket in Hilo on the revocation of supervised launch.

Mahi is scheduled to seem earlier than DeWeese on Dec. 21 for a pretrial convention within the abduction and sexual assault case. His jury trial is ready for Feb. 7.

Mahi stays in custody on the Hawaii Group Correctional Middle, unable to submit bail.

In the beginning of his arraignment, the court docket first took up the matter of whether or not to permit prolonged protection by the media in individual in addition to by Zoom, which has been occurring normally because of the social distancing necessities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, given the area limitations inside courtrooms.

The state had no objections to media protection, however Mahi’s legal professional objected given the excessive curiosity within the case.

“The publicity could taint the jury on this case,” mentioned his court-appointed legal professional, James Biven.

The teenage lady was the topic of a Maile Amber Alert on Sept. 16.

The choose famous that Mahi was indicted on 11 felony counts and, in every, a minor was recognized because the complainant.

DeWeese mentioned two minor witnesses are anticipated to testify, so she declined to permit Zoom protection of the proceedings as a result of it will be burdensome on the employees and tough for the choose to regulate what happens.

Nonetheless, it did enable in-person protection of the court docket proceedings with limits. These limits embody no filming, recording or photographing of the minor witnesses throughout any proceedings, in addition to their entry to and exit from the courtroom. The choose additionally forbade the protection by the media of any complaining witness regarding the sexual offense.

(The courtrooms in Kona have been open to the general public since March, mentioned Jan Kagehiro, spokeswoman for the State Judiciary. In Oahu Circuit Court docket, everybody within the courtrooms stay socially distanced.)

Mahi is accused of abducting the lady Sept. 16 from a seashore at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa.

He allegedly compelled her to tie up and gag her boyfriend, and allegedly robbed the boy at knifepoint. Mahi then allegedly kidnapped her, made her smoke methamphetamine and sexually assaulted her earlier than driving her to his dela property dela in Hilo the place he shackled her leg to the within of a bus.

He supplied the choose his handle : 211 Iwalani St., positioned in a residential neighborhood.

A Hawaii island grand jury indicted Mahi on Wednesday on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of first-degree theft, one rely of methamphetamine trafficking, one rely of intercourse assault of a minor who’s a minimum of 14 and youthful than 16 years of age, one rely of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The 15-year-old managed to interrupt free Sept. 17 from her captor dela with the assistance of excellent Samaritans at a Hilo restaurant.

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