PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu judge on Tuesday dismissed an assault charge against a Honolulu police captain after the alleged victim failed to appear for trial.
Capt. Mark Ward, who's assigned to HPD's Homeland Security Division, was accused of attacking a teenaged water polo player at a meet last year. The 18-year-old told investigators that she suffered pain and redness to her face after Ward struck her with the handle of his umbrella.
Both the prosecution and the defense say they were ready to start trial Tuesday. But the complainant didn't show up at Ewa District Court to testify.
"If the state is ready to proceed to trial, we can't proceed with no witnesses basically," Addison Bonner, deputy prosecutor, said.
The 27-year, HPD veteran was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
District Judge Faye Koyanagi dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning prosecutors will not be allowed to re-file the charge.