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Patricia Roland was the animal-loving director of the prison within which Horace Knightley was murdered. Her prison uses animal therapy, giving each inmate a pet to take care of as part of the rehabilitation process.
- Main article: SS-5 Incident
Before becoming a prison director, Roland was the director of the Happy Family Home orphanage. In 2007, she was bribed into conspiring with then Chief Prosecutor Blaise Debeste and a body double of President Di-Jun Huang of Zheng Fa to assassinate the real president and replace him with the body double. The conspirators hired the infamous blind assassin Sirhan Dogen to carry out the killing itself. They planned to betray and kill Dogen after the assassination so as to cover their tracks, but this scheme was overheard by a boy at the orphanage named Simon Keyes, who had been saved from death by Dogen a number of years previously. Dogen was thus able to escape with his life.
Roland and Debeste then went to dispose of the corpse. However, a photojournalist stumbled onto the crime scene and sent a voicemail message to his girlfriend about what he believed was a kidnapping in progress. He was swiftly killed by the body double, and his corpse placed near where Huang's body had been lying in the snow in order to cover up their tracks. They then replaced the photographs on the reporter's camera with that of a scene they staged of Roland, disguised in a trenchcoat and with her face hidden, pointing a gun at the body double. This was done in order to make it seem as if a kidnapping had occurred outside the orphanage.
For the subsequent investigation into the "kidnapping", now referred to as the SS-5 Incident by law enforcement, Roland was the only suspect that the police, led by Dai-Long Lang, could find, due to it happening outside her orphanage. However, since Debeste was the one set to prosecute the case, the evidence was soon manipulated. Thus, Roland was acquitted and the case went cold. Roland later interrogated Keyes repeatedly, knowing that he had seen the murder, but he eventually ran away.
Debeste later appointed Roland director of both the local prison and the adjoining detention center. She strongly believed in animal therapy, and assigned each prisoner their own pet. Sirhan Dogen was caught and imprisoned in the same prison, and threatened Roland and her family by claiming that he still had many henchmen roaming free. He also said that he knew about President Huang's secret son, whom Huang had planned to acknowledge publicly. This knowledge would prove that the President Huang running Zheng Fa was a fake.
Roland thus gave in to Dogen's whims, mostly by smuggling in various good for him and his fellow prisoners, and giving him special treatment, including a very large special cell. Dogen also obtained five chisels from Roland, which he used for wood carving. Throughout his stay, Roland tried to help the police catch his subordinates and interrogated Dogen personally. However, her efforts proved fruitless.
In order to smuggle goods into the prison, she recruited Frank Sahwit, one of the inmates, with the promise of him receiving preferential treatment and a better chance for parole, as well as ignoring the fact that he had broken his electronic bracelet. Sahwit would turn off the prison's power so that Roland could cross the normally electrified fence from her office to the prison courtyard. She would drop the goods down the courtyard's well, and spray perfume to signal Dogen's dog Anubis to pick them up. Sahwit would then turn the power back on, and Roland would correct the timestamps on the security cameras so that nothing would seem amiss.
- Main article: The Imprisoned Turnabout
In March 2019, Horace Knightley was arrested and detained in the holding cell. Roland soon discovered that he had been engaging in correspondence chess with Dogen. Convinced that he was one of Dogen's "dogs", Roland resolved to deal with him. She wrote a report on her suspicions of Knightley to Debeste, and told him to recover the real president's body. She then waited until March 27, when she would be scheduled to smuggle goods into the prison, and when the Berry Big Circus would arrive to perform for the prisoners.
Early in the morning, Roland interrogated Knightley. During the session, she searched his belongings and found a small chisel inside a chessboard. Roland saw this as a sign that Knightley was indeed in cahoots with Dogen, and killed him using the knife that had been confiscated from Dogen by the police, which had custom-made bells attached to it. Roland decided to frame Dogen for the crime so that he would at least be transferred to a different prison.
Roland took the bells from the knife and attached them to the chisel. She then repeatedly stabbed Knightley's neck with the chisel and planted it there to make it seem as if it were the murder weapon. When Sahwit cut the power as usual, Roland wrapped the body in a sheet to prevent a blood trail and tied it to a contraption that had been set up over the well for the circus's performance. During the subsequent circus show, the contraption was unwittingly used to send the body to the bottom of the well. Anubis then picked up the body, which was eventually found in one of the workrooms. Roland specially chose this method in order to give herself an alibi.
Miles Edgeworth, the prosecutor in charge of Knightley's case, visited the detention center only to discover that his suspect had been killed. The murder weapon became a large point of contention between Edgeworth and Justine Courtney, a member of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee, who had Blaise's son Sebastian take charge of the case. During the investigation, Roland hid the real murder weapon inside her pet alligator Ally. Despite these efforts, Edgeworth found the knife, and Roland was arrested for the murder.
- Main article: The Grand Turnabout
Roland was soon put on trial for Knightley's murder, with Courtney as the judge, Sebastian as the prosecutor, and Jill Crane as her defense attorney. Problems arose even before the trial began when Crane was murdered by Blaise and Sebastian ran away. The two attorneys were replaced by prosecutor Franziska von Karma and defense attorney Raymond Shields. However, the trial soon ground to a halt when all of the evidence for the case vanished.
Shields and von Karma stalled the trial while Edgeworth looked for Sebastian and Courtney's son John Marsh, whom Blaise had allegedly kidnapped in order to threaten Courtney into acquitting Roland. It turned out that Sebastian had given the evidence to Blaise, who had thrown it away to cover for his former co-conspirator. Sebastian eventually returned and confronted his father using the small piece of evidence that he had managed to retrieve from the garbage dump, which proved that Blaise had thrown the evidence away. With Marsh rescued, Roland's guilty verdict became all but certain, and would only be delayed so that all of the evidence could be recovered from the dump. Roland snapped and openly berated Blaise for not being able to cover up her crime. As a result of this trial, Blaise's authority to seal the SS-5 Incident files was revoked, allowing Edgeworth to reveal the truth behind that case once and for all.
Roland had a habit of being overly affectionate when greeting people by both hugging and kissing them. She came across as motherly, and referred to both her orphanage and her prison as her "home". However, she had a darker and crueller side, as not only was she willingly bribed into assisting with the SS-5 Incident, but she was also not averse to threatening children and murdering other people if it benefited her.
Roland wore a white fox around her neck, which was alive and usually copied her facial expressions. At one point, she even spoke through it. Her coat is also made entirely of live foxes, which jumped off her during her breakdown to reveal a blue and white striped convict shirt underneath.
- Her full Japanese name comes from "mimawari", which means "patrol".
- Her English name in the unofficial English fan translation of Gyakuten Kenji 2 is "Patricia Roland"; the prefixes "Pat" and "Rol" form the word "patrol", which is a reference to her original Japanese name.
- To date, Roland is the only defendant in the Ace Attorney series to receive an on-screen "Guilty" verdict as a result of a personally-committed murder.