Circumstances of alleged rape on Batchelder Street outlined in court; suspect held on $15,000 cash bail

LACONIA — A Batchelder Street man accused of raping a woman who came to his house is being held on $15,000 cash-only bail after appearing in the 4th Circuit Court yesterday.

Fatmir Gasi, 51, of 72 Batchelder St. is charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Police affidavits obtained from court said two women allegedly met Gazi on Church Street sometime on the morning of January 17. Sometime between 12:30 and 1 p.m. the two women went to Gazi's home.

The alleged victim said her friend left the house sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. to go to the store. During this time, the victim said Gazi went into his bedroom and called for her to join him.

She told police when she entered the bedroom, Gazi allegedly grabbed her by the throat with one hand and choked her for about five seconds. She said she could barely breath.

She said Gazi allegedly grabbed her by the face and pushed her on the bed, forcing her to have non-consensual sex with him.

The victim went to the hospital on Saturday and police responded there. She was able to pick him out from a photo array.

Police got an arrest warrant and went to Gazi's home where he agreed to speak to them. During the interview, affidavits said he admitted he had sex with one of the women at his house.

Should Gazi post bail, Judge Jim Carroll ordered him to have no contact with either woman including through the internet. He also ordered Gazi was to have an interpreter at all future hearings.