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Judge orders competency hearing for accused stalker

Union Leader Correspondent

June 29. 2014 9:13PM

BRENTWOOD — A judge ordered a mental competency evaluation for a woman charged with stalking her ex-boyfriend in Hampton after she was found allegedly burglarizing his home while wearing a mask.

The results of the evaluation could determine whether Dawn Marie Thompson, 43, of Haverhill, Mass., ultimately faces trial on charges of burglary, stalking and criminal mischief.

Thompson is accused of breaking into the home at least twice between April and August of last year.

Hampton police said that prior to Thompson’s arrest on Aug. 9, they had been to the victim’s home at least six times for various reports of criminal mischief, burglary and harassment.

Public defender Deanna Campbell asked a judge to order an evaluation after she met with Thompson about the case pending against her.

Campbell said in court papers that Thompson appears to have problems understanding the trial proceedings pending against her and the ability to assist in her own defense.

If Thompson is deemed not competent to stand trial, the forensic evaluator will have to determine whether her mental health can be restored to face charges, according to an order by Judge Marguerite Wageling.

The judge decided that if Thompson’s mental health is unable to be restored, she wants an opinion on the danger she poses to herself or others.

Thompson’s ex-boyfriend and another woman living in the home had recently moved to Hampton from York, Maine, where they also had their home broken into, according to Hampton police.

The first burglary in Hampton occurred sometime between April 9 and 13, 2013. Police believe Thompson broke a basement window to enter the home.

A second break-in — when the victim found Thompson inside the home wearing a mask — led to Thompson’s arrest.

Hampton police responded to a burglary in progress at the home at 6:58 a.m. on Aug. 9. The man told police that he confronted a masked Thompson and she fled.

Police officers came upon the woman walking in the area a short time later. Her car was found a few blocks away from the home near the area of Winnacunnet Road and Acadia Avenue, police said.

Thompson is also charged with keying her ex-boyfriend’s 2007 Ford Ranger and slashing the vehicle’s tires sometime between June 25 and July 3, 2013, court records say.

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