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Updated at 2:14 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2007

Child rape suspect appears in court

By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer


Shane Ngirmidol, left, appeared in District Court today with public defender Okechukwu Amadi. Ngirmidol, 31, who is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl who was playing in the backyard of her Kalihi home on Monday night, pleaded not guilty to first- and third-degree sexual assault and burglary in the second degree this morning.

BRUCE ASATO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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The lawyer for a man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl in her Kalihi backyard Monday night said his client is pleading not guilty to first- and third-degree sexual assault and burglary in the second degree this morning.

Shane Ngirmidol, 31, who has no permanent local address, was barefoot when he appeared in District Court, wearing black athletic shorts and a sleeveless, silver-and-blue, V-neck athletic shirt. He was shackled at the ankles and wrists when he was escorted into the courtroom.

Ngirmidol had bail set at $50,000 for the more serious charges and $500 for an unrelated case that was not disclosed in court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday. The burglary charge stems from the accusation that Ngirmidol unlawfully entered a storage shed where the girl allegedly was sexually assaulted.

According to police, the girl was playing in the fenced-in backyard of her Kalihi home on Palama Street around 7 p.m. when she was attacked by a man who climbed over a chain-link fence and lured her into a darkened tool shed on the property.

The girl was being treated at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children the next day when her mother told sex crime investigators that her daughter was sexually assaulted by a stranger who had dark skin, curly hair and smelled.

The girl told investigators that she was alone with the man in the tool shed and that he had given her $1, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

A police graphic artist made two composite sketches of the suspect and a convenience store owner told police Tuesday that a man matching the description had just left his store, which is located on the same Palama Street property, according to the affidavit.

Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers stopped Ngirmidol alongside Tamashiro's Market at Palama and North King streets and asked him to stand in a field lineup, according to the affidavit.

Ngirmidol was arrested after he was identified by another girl who said she saw him on Palama Street around the time of the attack, according to the affidavit.

Reach Dan Nakaso at dnakaso@honoluluadvertiser.com.