Man accused of sexually assaulting Mililani restaurant owner declared mentally unfit

Joseph Navas
Joseph Navas

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The trial for a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a Mililani restaurant owner is on hold, after three court-appointed mental health experts determined that he can not understand the criminal proceedings against him and is mentally unfit to proceed.

Joseph Navas, 45, is charged with robbery, burglary, kidnapping and seven counts of sex assault. He's accused of attacking a 47-year-old woman in the storage room of her restaurant in May.

In his report to the court, Craig Robinson, Ph.D., wrote,"It is my opinion that Mr. Navas' capacity to assist in his own defense and to consult with his attorney with a reasonable degree of rational understanding is significantly impaired by his current (and chronic) mental disorder."

"(Navas) presents a high risk of harm toward others and himself because of severe protracted psychosis and high active substance abuse potential," Leonard Jacobs, M.D., noted in his report. "I advise transfer to Hawaii State Hospital for treatment and containment."

The defendant is currently being housed at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

In late 2008, a judge dismissed an unrelated burglary case against Navas and sent him to the Hawaii State Hospital under an involuntary commitment after doctors determined that he was mentally ill.

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