Man sent to prison for abusing girlfriend

WAILUKU — A Kahului man was sentenced Friday to a five-year prison term for threatening and assaulting his girlfriend, in one case while they were in a car with their 1-year-old son.

Saleimoa Lalouou, 26, who is also known as Vite Saleimoa Laloulu, was on probation for violating an order for protection in two cases when he was arrested in October for again violating the protective order that had been sought by his girlfriend.

Deputy Prosecutor Karen Droscoski said the woman’s relationship with Lalouou had been “nothing short of terrifying” and included “acts of extreme physical violence.”

There also was “extreme jealousy” to the point where he would tell her to change the channel if there was a male actor, Droscoski said.

She said the woman was on guard even when she was away from Lalouou at work because he had told her, “You’ll never know when I’ll show up.”

She had her phone ready to call 911 at all times, Droscoski said.

“She continued their relationship because she loved him,” she said.

In April 2011, the woman obtained a court protective order that was granted for 10 years. “But that did not stop the defendant’s abuse,” Droscoski said.

On Oct. 24, Lalouou “was in a jealous rage” while driving his girlfriend and their 1-year-old son, Droscoski said. She said he told the woman to put the baby in the back car seat because he was going to abuse her.

But the baby crawled back in front when Lalouou hit his girlfriend, cutting her lip, and also bruising the baby, Droscoski said.

The woman reported being slapped, punched and hit in the head and back of her neck on Oct. 25 and 26.

On Oct. 27 and 28, while contacting her in violation of the protective order, Lalouou referred to his gun and said, “One of those bullets has your name on it. It’s going to go straight to your head,” she reported.

Droscoski said Lalouou has convictions for first-degree terroristic threatening, fourth-degree criminal property damage and seven counts of violating an order for protection, all involving the same victim.

The couple’s five children love their father but would get upset at him for beating their mother, Droscoski said.

“Probation should not be an option for this defendant,” she said.

For the crimes in October, Lalouou had pleaded no contest to first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of second-degree assault, felony abuse of a family member and two counts of violating an order for protection.

He asked to be placed on probation after already spending about nine months in jail.

Lalouou denied all of the accusations except for violating the protective order by calling his girlfriend first.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen asked if Lalouou wanted his sisters or daughter to have the kind of relationship that he had with his girlfriend.

“No, that’s why I stopped doing what I was doing in the past,” Lalouou said. “Cause my daughter was getting older. I don’t want my daughter to think it’s OK.”

In court Friday, Lalouou’s mother asked for forgiveness for her son.

“My son is a really loving father to his kids. He takes care of his kids,” she said. “I am really sorry for his actions and things he has done to (the victim). I didn’t know what was going on with their relationship.

“I am really sorry, apologizing for his actions and the words that come out of my son’s mouth.”

In imposing the prison term, Judge Bissen said the sentence was meant to impress on Lalouou the seriousness of the offenses and provide deterrence.

“You are to follow through on the words you just said — you intend no harm to anyone,” Bissen said. “And let this be a lesson so there will be no further actions similar to what you’ve been accused of or convicted of.” 

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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