Court proceedings continue despite drenching rain

Fifth Circuit Court proceedings in Lihu’e Thursday, Judge Clifford L. Nakea presiding, ended with a rain storm around noon that drenched those headed from the courthouse to the shuttle that took them to the jailhouse.

* Robert Cariffe, Sr., charged with harassment, family abuse and resisting arrest, appeared regarding the state’s motion to require anger management classes.

Nakea told Cariffe a probation officer would have to assess his need for classes and appear again on March 31 to report the status of the assessment and classes.

* Derwyn R. Ujano, 45, pleaded guilty in a case of illegally entering his his estranged wife’s home with intent to assault her.

Ujano was indicted Jan. 27. He pleaded to two counts of abuse of a family/household member and one count of burglary; prosecutors dropped charges of sexual assault in the third degree, one count of burglary and one count of criminal proerty damage.

Police records showed that Ujano broke into his estranged wife’s house in the early morning hours on Jan. 23 and sat on her bed while she slept. At about 6 a.m., he woke her and an argument started. When she tried to call the police, he took her phone and threw it, causing bruises to her finger. Later that day upon finishing work at Burger King in Lihu’e, Ujano came by the restaurant and grabbed her hair and yanked her around in her car while she tried to drive away in her car.

Ujano will be sentenced May 15. He faces a mandatory minimum of 30 days each for the abuse charges, and a maximum of 10 years for burglary.

* Detchana Mekchay, who was accused of assault, burglary and kidnapping against his girlfriend and children, was sentenced to one year and fines of $50 for each of the offenses.

Last August, Mekchay’s case was bound to Circuit Court. He later pleaded to unlawful imprisonment and four counts of assault in the third degree.

Psychologists said Mekchay suffered brain damage after a skateboarding incident, and needs treatment for both drug abuse and mental disorders. As part of his sentence, he may be released to such a treatment facility.

* Laola Uluwehi “Ola” Campos, 20, was sentenced on charges of credit card fraud and forgery in a case involving renting out hotel rooms at Aloha Beach Resort with her mother’s credit card.

Campos was arrested last Nov. 29 in Wailua, accompanied by people who had “a lot of methamphetamine in their possession,” said prosecutor Russell Goo, referring to police reports. She pleaded guilty the same day as her arraignment, Dec. 12. A charge of methamphetamine possession and credit card theft were dropped.

Despite this being her first adult offense, the state recommended five years jail due to her lengthy juvenile record. She was sentenced to one year and five years probation, and may be released to drug treatment after 6 months.

* Casey Strome Machado, incarcerated at KCCC pending sentencing for charges of prohibited possession of a rifle, marijuana and not having a permit on forestry land on October 20, 2001, was sentenced.

Earlier, he pleaded guilty to the firearms charge. Machado has been in KCCC for more than 150 days. Machado broke the prosecutor’s deal by not doing a pre-sentencing interview, and Nakea sentenced him to probation for a term of five years and fines of $250.

Machado said the gun he was shown in court was not the one used in the crime he pleaded to. He said that while he was a patient at Mahelona, another man was arrested under his name. His request to go to trial and for records from Mahelona were denied.

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