After 11 years, woman testifies against alleged rapist

More than 11 years after she was allegedly raped and left in a Daly City field, a 30-year-old woman testified against her accused attacker in a Redwood City courtroom Monday.

“I’ve been waiting for this for almost 12 years,” said the woman, who spoke softly and glanced at the defendant, Jermaine Hollie, throughout her testimony.

Hollie, 36, is charged with rape and digital penetration in the Sept. 20, 1996, attack. The crime went unsolved until 2005 when his DNA, collected during a prison stint for drug dealing, was matched to the crime scene.

On Monday, the woman described meeting Hollie the night of the alleged rape. An anniversary celebration with her husband had turned into a drunken argument, she said, culminating in her husband kicking her kitten out of their Daly City apartment. The woman, then 19, left home barefoot after midnight in search of the cat.

She was about to use a pay phone at the corner of Mission and School streets when Hollie pulled up and offered her a ride, she said. Prosecutors say that after getting in the car, the pair drank beer and smoked marijuana in a field near Castle Street and Third Avenue when Hollie attacked the woman without provocation.

Police found her after she ran to a nearby backyard and called for help. Hollie’s attorney, Paul Dennison, argued Monday that the encounter was consensual and the woman may have received her cuts and bruises from an abusive husband.

The victim testified that she did not consent to the attack, and described crying while the 255-pound Hollie allegedly pressed his hand so tightly over her mouth that her teeth punctured her lip.

Prosecutors say it wasn’t Hollie’s only rape. Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said a teenage girl allegedly raped by Hollie two years after the Daly City attack will testify against him at the trial, which will continue throughout the week. In that case, Hollie is accused of kidnapping the girl on a Sacramento street before raping her at an apartment. The 1998 case was never prosecuted because the statute of limitations expired, Wagstaffe said.

Hollie was indicted by a grand jury in February of last year. He is out of custody after posting $500,000 bail.

tbarak@examiner.com

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