Suspect's alcohol abuse is cited in stabbing death


POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sato Franklin Sigrah, who is accused of entering a McCully apartment and stabbing all three family members, had been drinking and was intoxicated at the time, said Vickie Kapp, deputy city prosecutor.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging the 19-year-old with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

Sigrah, of Nuuanu, remains in custody unable to post bail. Circuit Judge Derrick Chan confirmed the bail amount yesterday at $500,000.

Lyola Mesebeluu, 27, died from multiple stab wounds in the attack. Her husband, Keith Mesebeluu, 26, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter also suffered stab wounds but survived.

Keith Mesebeluu was sleeping in the apartment's living room and awoke in the early morning hours to his wife's screams as she was being stabbed in the bedroom, Kapp said. He rushed to the bedroom, wrestled with the intruder and in the process received multiple stab wounds in his chest, she said.

Kapp said Sigrah entered the apartment through an unlocked door and did not know the victims.