High Court Rejects Rapist’s Amnesia Claims

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File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Supreme Court is upholding the rape conviction of a man who claimed amnesia about the crime made him incompetent to stand trial.

William Decato of Manchester will continue serving a life sentence for breaking into a Manchester woman’s home and repeatedly assaulting her over a two-hour period.

He claimed his lack of memory of the assaults, due to heavy alcohol consumption, left him unable to assist in his own defense.

The Supreme Court, in its unanimous decision released Wednesday, said the evidence against Decato was strong enough to overwhelm any chance that Decato’s memory could have helped his defense.

At one point during the August 2009 attack his victim grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the neck. DNA tests linked blood at the scene to Decato.

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