Man who hit another with bottle placed on probation

WAILUKU – A man who apologized for hitting another man with a beer bottle at a Lahaina bar last year was placed on five years’ probation Tuesday.

Maitland Tufaga, 26, of Lahaina had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.

“It was an isolated incident,” he said in court. “I’m truly sorry.”

The assault was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at Lahaina Sports Cafe Bar on Wainee Street. A 29-year-old man told police he was sitting at the bar talking to a friend when he was hit in the face with a beer bottle by a stranger sitting next to him.

The victim, whose lip was split and required 11 stitches, later identified Tufaga as his assailant.

Defense attorney Gerald Johnson said Tufaga was prepared Tuesday to make a $500 payment toward restitution.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered that Tufaga make the payment Tuesday and set a June 20 hearing to determine the amount of restitution.

Cardoza followed terms of a plea agreement recommending no additional jail for Tufaga, who previously was incarcerated for 24 days.

Tufaga was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to complete an anger management program.

In another sentencing Tuesday, a 58-year-old Lahaina man was released after spending about seven months in jail for using a stolen credit card at Lahaina businesses last year.

Randy Gregg Davis also was ordered to pay $133 in restitution and perform 150 hours of community service as part of five years’ probation.

He had pleaded no contest to third-degree identity theft, theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card.

The credit card was from a waitress’s purse that was stolen Sept. 26 from the employee locker room at Hula Grill, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas. He said video surveillance showed Davis using the credit card to make purchases at Nagasako General Store, Foodland, Longs Drug Store and Tradewinds Kahana Grocery in West Maui. Davis was seen driving a car in which stolen tools were found, Temas said.

Davis said he wanted a chance in drug treatment. “I did make some bad choices, and I’m very regretful for that,” he said.

Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard said a space in residential drug treatment was available for Davis upon his release from jail.

Cardoza followed a plea agreement in sentencing Davis. He also was ordered to write a letter apologizing and to stay away from the businesses where the stolen credit card was used, as well as Front Street Apartments.

“I’ll just stay out of Lahaina, period,” Davis said.