Man accused in teen alcohol poisoning case says he has remorse

Brook Hart
Brook Hart

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Hawaii Kai man, who was charged with providing liquor to minors after the alcohol poisoning death of a teenaged girl, says he has a lot of remorse. Michael Clark made that statement after appearing in an Oahu courtroom Friday.

"All rise," the court bailiff announced.

Michael Clark, 24, stands before a judge, charged with five counts of promoting intoxicating liquor to a minor.

"I think that any plea would be premature," Brook Hart, defense attorney, said. "But if, for the purposes of the record, it's needed, Mr. Clark would enter a plea of not guilty."

Investigators say he served alcohol to five girls between the ages of 15 and 18 at his parents' Kahena Street home two months ago. The youngest, Makamae Ah Mook Sang, later died.

Tests showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.433, which is more than five times the legal limit for a person driving.

"If he had ever known that she was of the age that she was, or that she was consuming as much as she did, I think he would never have allowed this kind of matter to happen, if he did in the first place," Hart said.

Clark is awaiting sentencing for felony terroristic threatening and misdemeanor assault, stemming from an altercation he had with police officers at the Ala Moana Hotel two years ago.

The new liquor charges are misdemeanors.

"Are you folks investigating the possibility of elevating or, you know, additional charges?" this reporter asked.

"Makamae Ah Mook Sang did pass away. It's a very serious case," Richard Stacey, deputy prosecutor, replied. "Upon our review, HPD brought us what they had and our office is proceeding with these (misdemeanor) charges."

"Anything to Makamae's family?" this reporter asked Clark.

"I think he would like to say that he has deep remorse about what happened with Makamae," Hart responded.

"I do, a lot of remorse," Clark said.

The defense lawyer handling the terroristic threatening case wants a panel of mental health experts to examine Clark.

The next hearing in the alcohol case is set for November 10th.