REDWOOD CITY -- A vice consul with the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco will stand trial on felony assault and domestic violence charges for allegedly beating his wife on multiple occasions, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled.
Judge Lisa Novak concluded a preliminary hearing Friday by finding there is sufficient evidence to try Yoshiaki Nagaya, 33, on three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and nine felony counts of domestic violence, plus four counts of misdemeanor domestic violence, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
Nagaya assaulted his wife nearly a dozen times after they moved to the Bay Area in 2010, prosecutors claim, sometimes punching and kicking her. He also stabbed her in the hand with a screwdriver, smashed her over the head with a laptop and threw a chunk of jagged ceramic at her, striking her in the forehead, according to the DA's office.
"The victim endured abuse apparently for some time," Guidotti said of Yuka Nagaya, who took photos of her injuries and described them from the witness stand last month during the preliminary hearing.
The diplomat's wife testified that the abuse began in January 2011 and was typically triggered by a argument. After quietly documenting her injuries for more than a year, she decided to call 911 in March after an alleged attack in the parking garage of the couple's San Bruno apartment made her fear for her life, according to prosecutors.
Novak ordered the defendant to return to court Oct. 5 for arraignment on the charges. He is out of custody on $350,000 bail. Defense attorney Garrick Lew declined to discuss the case outside court.
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