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Domestic violence law case filed

LIHUE — A law that went into effect this month may see its first case in 5th Circuit Court.

Seth Malamapono Dick, 34, of Koloa, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. July 2 and charged with physically abusing a female household member.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gary Nelson filed a felony complaint July 9. The felony information complaint said the offense occurred in the presence of a child under the age of 2 years old.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on June 20 signed House Bill 1993 into law, making an act of physical abuse in the presence of a family or household member under the age of 14 a class C felony. A class C felony has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Dick entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in 5th Circuit Court July 10. He is being held at Kauai Community Correctional Center on $5,000 bail.

A jury trial is set for Nov. 17.

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