LIHUE — David Alika Machado, 30, Waimea, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and abusing his then wife at their home last year.
Judge Kathleen Watanabe handed down the maximum sentence after an emotional presentation from the victim in the case, and after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sean Van Demark.
According to a police investigation, on Sept. 27, 2016 Machado strangled his victim and bound her eyes, arms and legs with duct tape when she tried to leave his house. He punched her repeatedly, rupturing one of her eardrums, police said.
Machado then left the house with his victim bound on the floor, police said.
“However using her fingernails she was able to sever her bonds and flee to a neighbor’s house about 100 yards away, through rough terrain,” said a press release. “The neighbor called police and Machado was arrested shortly thereafter.”
Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar said domestic violence cannot be tolerated.
“One can only imagine the terror that the victim in this case felt, lying on that floor, bound hand-and-foot, unable to see, in so much pain caused by someone she loved, and who she thought loved her,” he said. “She thought he was going to come back to the house and kill her. We are grateful she found the strength to escape and for the quick assistance she received from her neighbor and from the Kauai Police Department.”
Machado was also ordered to pay over $9,000 in restitution to the victim and to the Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission.