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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 11:18 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Violent history detailed in court papers

By Mary Vorsino
Advertiser Staff Writer

Court documents show the 25-year-old woman who was killed yesterday near her Ewa home suffered a history of abuse by her alleged attacker.

Royal Kaukani filed temporary restraining order petitions against Toi Albert Nofoa in June and again in September 2008. In the petitions, she described a pattern of violence dating to 2006. The two had dated and lived together, according to court documents.

Nofoa, 31, was arrested yesterday on a bench warrant unrelated to the shooting. He has not been charged in the case.

The September petition describes an incident that month when Nofoa was accused of kidnapping Kaukani at gunpoint in Ko Olina, where Kaukani worked. Police said Nofoa forced the woman into his car and drove to Haleiwa, where Kaukani was able to escape with the help of people at a gas station.

"He came to my job at Ko Olina, forced me with a gun to listen to him, follow his instructions," Kaukani said in the restraining order petition describing the incident. "He was hitting himself, saying it's all my fault. The whole time he was saying I'm going to shoot you, then shoot myself."

In the restraining order petitions, Kaukani also said Nofoa had thrown her down a flight of stairs in 2006 and gave her a bloody nose and lip during an argument in June 2008.

In December 2008, the court granted Kaukani's restraining order petition against Nofoa, telling him not to have any contact with Kaukani. But a month later, Kaukani asked the court to dissolve the order, saying the two had gotten back together and were planning on getting married.

"We are on excellent terms," she said, in the request.

The request was denied.

Reach Mary Vorsino at mvorsino@honoluluadvertiser.com.