An accused rapist thought his alleged victim was a prostitute and brought her home with a ready excuse in case his wife was awake, a court heard yesterday. James Simon Robert Wilkins, 36, said he had become a 'passive victim to [the woman's] desires' when they reached his Wan Chai flat. 'We had a spare bedroom; she was looking for a job - if I had to explain it to my wife I could say she was a potential employee,' Wilkins told the Court of First Instance during cross-examination. Prosecutor John Dunn asked: 'Your wife would have accepted that you brought this woman back for a chat and a coffee - a Filipino lady in high heels?' Wilkins said: 'In the back of my mind [I knew] my wife was asleep, and since [the woman] was so keen on me, I thought there might have been some kissing and petting.' Wilkins has pleaded not guilty to rape and non-consensual sodomy with a 42-year-old overstayer on February 21. Earlier, Wilkins' wife of six years, Yasuko Suzuki, 30, took the stand and was questioned by her husband about the morning the alleged rape was said to have occurred. She said a woman had knocked on the bathroom door and looked shocked when she opened it. The woman's expression had changed and she had shouted 'rape, rape'. The woman then went to the kitchen and asked for help zipping up her dress, before leaving with a 'jealous' look on her face, Ms Suzuki said. Mr Dunn accused her of lying to protect her husband. In his testimony, Wilkins said it was the nature of his work as a solicitor for banks to make the most of weekends. He partied in Wan Chai clubs such as the Strawberry disco, where he met the woman the morning the offences allegedly occurred. Wilkins said he fell asleep soon after the pair got home and that the woman woke him and made advances. 'I could feel, well, not very much actually,' he said. The case continues before Deputy Judge Gerard Muttrie.