Aki’s mother gets
a restraining order
The order restricts the mother
of Kahealani Indreginal
The mother of slain 11-year-old Kahealani Indreginal has been ordered to stay away from the mother of accused murderer Christopher Aki.
District Judge Gerald Kibe granted Patricia Aki's petition Wednesday for an order prohibiting Lehua Tumbaga from harassing her for a period of three years. Tumbaga agreed to the granting of the petition, and the court made no findings regarding the allegations.
Aki had obtained a temporary restraining order March 22 against Tumbaga after they spoke on the phone a few days earlier. Aki alleged that Tumbaga blamed her for media reports that Christopher Aki was claiming that Tumbaga's brother, Dennis Cacatian, was responsible for Kahealani's death.
Patricia Aki noted in court documents that Tumbaga told her to "watch her step." Aki also noted that she feared harm might come to her and her property in retaliation for Kahealani's death.
Vincent Indreginal, father of the slain girl, said at the time that it was Aki who had been calling and threatening his daughter Tanya Mamala-Tumbaga, the longtime girlfriend of Aki's son Christopher. Indreginal said they welcomed the no-contact order and that it was best Aki keep her distance until her son's trial was over.
Christopher Aki, who went on trial April 13, is accused of second-degree murder for causing Kahealani's death Dec. 10, 2002. Aki maintains that Cacatian killed the girl with a knife and rock after learning Kahealani had confided in Aki that Cacatian, her uncle, was touching her inappropriately.