By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A rape trial for a Gilford man began Tuesday with the Belknap County Assistant Attorney Adam Wood telling the jury in his opening argument that Carroll Thompson pried open the legs of his victim and used his weight to hold her down while he assaulted her.
Wood described Thompson, 45, for the five-man and nine-woman jury as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" type of person and that his alleged victim saw the controlling, manipulative side of him when he raped her in front of their 3-year-old daughter.
Defense Attorney Eric Wolpin said the stakes are huge between Thompson and his alleged victim because she was a heroin user, while he was trying to get custody of the child so he and his daughter could live with his mother in Gilford.
He said the victim claimed Thompson raped her because she wanted to leave him, return to Concord, and keep custody of their child.
Both sides agreed the relationship was troubled and turbulent and that the two fought regularly.
Wood said the woman tried to run away last January, but that Thompson dragged her back inside. He said she called for their neighbor, who came over with his son, and that the neighbor's son took the child away.
He said the neighbor would testify that he found the alleged victim cowering on the ground and that she called police. In defense of Thompson, Wolpin said Thompson was inside the home and told the jury that the physical evidence would include semen because the two had had consensual sex earlier in the day. He said the emergency room nurse was told by the woman that she was "brutally assaulted" but will testify that there were no marks her except for one spot on her head that wasn't sore to the touch.
Wolpin said the alleged victim fabricated the rape story because she knew Thompson couldn't get custody of the child if he was incarcerated. He said she packed her suitcase in January and told Thompson she and the child were leaving. When Thompson objected, she ran outside and began screaming, said Wolpin.
The trial is scheduled to last two more days.