Patient release controversy grows

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Aug 09 2012 06:07:19 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 09 2012 07:46:55 PM HST

The victim of a brutal stabbing is lashing out after learning his assailant is being allowed to leave the state mental hospital to take classes at Windward community college.

HONOLULU -

Benjamin Davis was found to be insane when he stabbed two men on the Koko Head trail and threw one of them off the ridge three years ago.

Davis was committed to the state hospital for treatment.

Nicolas Iwamoto, one of his victims, is outraged that he wasn’t allowed any input into whether Davis should be allowed to walk free on campus.

”It would have been nice to tell the victims, but I guess we have no rights to testify,"  Iwamoto said.

Iwamoto was stabbed 18 times, suffered a broken neck and two punctured lungs.
He is still is unable to work or go to school, and called the judicial system, a joke.

"Why not, since he was crazy when he tried to murder me in the most violent way imaginable, since he is mentally healthy, why not put him behind bars and he can do his time," said Iwamoto.

Then, Iwamoto suggests Davis can take English classes online.

Community college students on hand for freshman orientation were surprised to learn of the growing controversy.

"I am actually pretty alarmed at this. That can actually be risky for all of us," said one student who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Sam.

He suggested Davis be provided a tutor.

Another student who said he just started attending Windward Community College this summer was also concerned.

"If he doesn't bother anyone, or bother me than fine, as long as he doesn't go nuts. If anything happens to us then the college is liable and whoever said he was okay is liable," said Micha Palikiko.

The city prosecutor’s office said Davis will be allowed to attend classes two days a week and will have to sign in and out.

Davis will also be subject to random searches and drug testing, and will be prohibited from possessing any firearms.

University officials met Thursday to talk about their options, but said until they see the official court order, they weren’t ready to release specifics about their plan.

"We will obey a court order, but we will take special steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved," said Chancellor Doug Dykstra.

Dykstra said the university only recently found out that Davis had been taking non- credit classes on campus since last fall, but under supervision of a guard.

When asked about whether it might be  in Davis' interest and safety to continue with supervision, state hospital officials said they could not comment specifically on any case, but said they are sensitive to community concerns and were prepared to take action to change any treatment plan at any time.

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