Rape suspect's wife unable to provide alibi
NAHA, Okinawa — The Naha District Court on Tuesday accepted a statement the wife of rape suspect Dag Thompson had given to the prosecutor after her husband’s arrest in October 2004.
The document Prosecutor Masahisa Yokota presented described the daily life of Thompson, 31, an AAFES car salesman charged with two rapes in Naha and Chatan in 1998 and 2004, respectively.
He has pleaded not guilty to the two charges plus an alleged burglary.
His wife, Naoko Thompson, steadfastly refused to answer questions from the prosecutor in a previous hearing July 19.
In her statement, according to Yokota, she said she wasn’t sure if her husband was at home during the early morning hours of Aug. 22, 2004, the night he allegedly committed the Chatan rape. She said that since 2000, her husband would come home only one or two nights a week, explaining to her he slept in his office because he’d work until 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day.
Yokota added that Thompson had a girlfriend he lived with on the days when he didn’t go home to his wife, and that the woman didn’t know he was still married.
Also on Tuesday, two scientists from the Criminal Investigation Laboratory of the National Police Agency in Tokyo testified. With DNA profiling being a central issue during the past several hearings, the scientists were asked about the reliability of the DNA fragment analyzer used in lab tests.
Kanako Yoshida, one of the scientists, told the court the equipment was 100 percent reliable and the DNA analysis “was precise and correct.”
During court proceedings in early June, Eiko Uchima, Okinawa Prefectural Police crime lab chief, said Thompson’s DNA was a match with that found at the both the 1998 and 2004 rape scenes. Uchima said there was just one chance in 3.482 billion that someone else’s DNA could match Thompson’s.
Chief Judge Nobuyuki Yokota said the court would exercise its authority to re-analyze semen samples taken from the crime scene in Naha and saliva and hair of both Thompson and the Naha victim. Thompson agreed to give a saliva and hair sample through his lawyer during the hearing.
The next hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 1.