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Man acquitted of murdering ex-girlfriend is found guilty of kidnapping her

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 02:50 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2012

A man who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend was found guilty Monday afternoon of kidnapping her.

A state jury deliberated just two hours today before finding Toi Nofoa, 34, guilty of abducting Royal Kaukani at her workplace in Ko Olina on Sept. 11, 2008 and taking her to Haleiwa where two gas station employees helped free her.

Nofoa faces a mandatory 20-year prison term when he is sentenced in October.

A different state jury found Nofoa not guilty last November of murdering Kaukani.

The 25-year-old Kaukani died Mar. 27, 2009 from a gunshot wound to the back of her neck as she sat in her sport utility vehicle in a Kapolei neighborhood. She also had a gunshot to her face.

An arrest warrant was out for Nofoa’s arrest at the time of Kaukani’s murder because he had skipped out on a court hearing in the kidnapping case.

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ejkorvette wrote:
JUSTICE!! Hard Labor and all the Evil, Perverted assaults that occur in Prison, Toi Nofoa will deal with.
on July 23,2012 | 05:12PM
kaleboy wrote:
Finally justice! Rot in hell!
on July 23,2012 | 06:32PM
olos73 wrote:
Got away with one, but not the other.
on July 23,2012 | 06:52PM
soundofreason wrote:
No, he's still got another 38 offenses to commit before he does any "real" jail time. Thank a Hawaii judge.
on July 23,2012 | 08:21PM
ftaele83 wrote:
the first court got the NOT GUILTY decision, RIGHT! BUT, as for the second (and most recent) jury decision??? WHAT the &%$_@ were they smoking???!!!!! The innocent man is NOT GUILTY!!!! This is just another perverted abuse of judicial system by unethical, desperate prosecutors. shame on you, prosecutors!!!!
on July 23,2012 | 08:26PM
soundofreason wrote:
"........two gas station employees helped free her">>> We're they actually freeing My Little Pony?
on July 23,2012 | 09:14PM
Unkokilla wrote:
ftaele83 shame on you!!!
on July 23,2012 | 11:36PM
Nesmith wrote:
We are all safer now. Good!
on July 24,2012 | 06:14AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Got away with murder at first. Should have kept his mouth shut this time. Got cocky and blurted out a wise crack and opened the door for his demise. What went around came back to bite him !. KARMA ,,,,,
on July 24,2012 | 03:07PM
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