A domestic violence case involving an official at Japan’s consulate in San Francisco is back on track after problems with an interpreter caused a delay in the case, officials said Monday.
Yoshiaki Nagaya, 33, who serves as vice consul in the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco, is facing domestic violence and assault charges for the alleged abuse of Yuka Nagaya, his wife of about two years.
Yuka Nagaya claims she had been the subject of abuse in more than a dozen incidents, including being stabbed with a screwdriver, being stomped on and being thrown out of a moving car.
Her testimony during Monday’s preliminary hearing was delayed when an interpreter hired by the defense said the translator for Yuka Nagaya was making mistakes, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
When defense attorney Garrick Lew raised concerns about the accuracy of the translation, the judge agreed to delay the case until a new interpreter could be found, Wagstaffe said. Testimony resumed late Monday afternoon.
More testimony was scheduled for Tuesday, with Yuka Nagaya expected back on the witness stand.
Yoshiaki Nagaya, who is free on $350,000 bail, was arrested by San Bruno police March 31 after he allegedly pushed his wife from a moving car. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.
In an email responding to a request for comment on the case, defense attorney Lew wrote, “Let’s see what happens after the defense presents.” He did not provide additional details.
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