HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A man accused of stabbing his estranged wife Tuesday appears before an Oahu judge Thursday morning. Prosecutors say David Tautua carried out the attack despite a restraining order against him.
A man accused of ignoring a protective order is protected by his attorney, who shields him from our news camera.
Investigators say 43-year-old David Tautua stabbed his wife, Gina, in the neck. He's charged with attempted murder.
"It's distressing and it's a reminder," Nanci Kreidman, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, said. "I mean, we always look at incidents of violence as reminders about the importance of us staying alert."
Gina Tautua had petitioned for a protective order, which took effect last month.
Prosecutors want the Legislature to give restraining orders more teeth by increasing prison terms for violators.
"One, it's a deterrent," Peter Carlisle, Honolulu Prosecutor, said. "And two, it gets this particular person in jail, away from the person that they hurt, for a longer period of time."
Carlisle wants stiffer penalties for those who kill, assault or threaten people who have restraining orders against them.
"That's going to show a societal intolerance for that type of behavior," he said.
Tautua's bail is set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
"We need the system -- law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, providers, programs -- to all be working together to say to a person who violates an order this is not acceptable," Kreidman said.