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Man who ripped hole under neighbor’s sink placed on probation

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who was seen ripping a large hole under a bathroom sink, allegedly to try to break into a neighbor’s residence through a common wall, was placed on four years’ probation Tuesday.

Charito Castillo, 37, of Napili was sentenced after being released from jail and completing a residential drug treatment program.

“He’s clean. He’s on a good path,” said Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae.

Castillo had pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling, second-degree criminal property damage and violating a restraining order in connection with his arrest Aug. 25.

The neighbor reported waking up at about 1 a.m. after hearing loud banging on his walls and Castillo yelling. At about 3 a.m., the neighbor told police it sounded like Castillo was yelling from inside a bathroom of the neighbor’s unit before he found Castillo ripping a large hole under the bathroom sink.

“The facts of this case are kind of bizarre,” Raidmae said.

He said it was an “episode related to mental health problems and drug abuse.”

Castillo had spent about eight months in jail before being released April 13 to enter drug treatment.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill followed a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution in sentencing Castillo.

He was ordered to stay away from the neighbor.

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