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Bail increased for man accused in assault of ex-fiancee

WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $50,000 for a man who was arrested last week for allegedly burglarizing his former fiancee’s apartment and assaulting her.

Roy Costa, 62, of Haiku was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, abuse and violating an order for protection.

The 61-year-old woman had a protective order allowing for contact with Costa but prohibiting him from abusing her when he went to her residence Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said during Costa’s initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court.

Costa entered her home without permission and was repeatedly told to leave, Kent said.

He said Costa was being pushed out the door when he allegedly shoved his former fiancee, causing her to fall and suffer a bone fracture.

While she was on the ground, “he mounted her and began to strike her and assault her further,” Kent said.

He said Costa appeared to be intoxicated.

In asking for bail to be increased from $3,000 to $50,000, Kent said that if convicted, Costa could face mandatory minimum sentencing based on his age and 41 prior convictions.

Costa’s convictions include five for felony offenses and “multiple that indicate a history of violence,” Kent said.

He said the convictions include second- and third-degree sexual assault, abuse, third-degree assault and violating an order for protection.

Kent said the state believes “this defendant poses a danger to the community and specifically to the complaining witness.”

Deputy Public Defender William Pannell asked for Costa to be released on supervision or for bail to remain at $3,000.

Costa “does have a residence in Haiku, which would be far away from the complaining witness,” Pannell said.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi said releasing Costa on supervision would be inappropriate.

“Based on the defendant’s extensive felony convictions and the alleged facts of the instant case, the court finds that the defendant significantly poses a danger to the safety of our community,” Kobayashi said in increasing bail to $50,000.

Costa was ordered to stay away from his former fiancee and her residence.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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