return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Japan court upholds life term for murderer of Vietnamese girl

A Japanese court on March 23 upheld a life sentence for Yasumasa Shibuya over the 2017 murder of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl named Le Thi Nhat Linh.

{keywords}
The family of the murdered Vietnamese girls attends a press conference. (Photo: VNA)


Prosecutors and the victim’s family had sought the death penalty for Shibuya.

The Tokyo High Court rejected an appeal by Shibuya, the 49-year-old former head of a parent’s group at Mutsumi Daini Elementary School in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, over the murder of Linh who was a third-grader at the school.

It also rejected the defense claim that DNA evidence used to convict him should be excluded as it was collected through illegal means, reported Kyodo News.

According to the Chiba District Court ruling in July 2018, Shibuya abducted Linh while she was on her way to school on March 24, 2017. Her body was found near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, two days later.

The district court sentenced Shibuya to life in prison on the basis that his DNA was found on the victim's body, while blood found in his car contained the girl's DNA.

But in an appeal trial that began in September 2019, the defense team argued cigarette butts used for DNA profiling should have been inadmissible as they were obtained without a search warrant from a garbage collection site at the condo where Shibuya lived.

They asked that the sentence be quashed and Shibuya acquitted.

Prosecutors had countered that the investigation method was legal as the cigarette butts had been discarded and were found among the defendant's garbage at an unlocked collection site. 

VNA

Japan court hears report on ADN results in murder of Vietnamese girl

Japan court hears report on ADN results in murder of Vietnamese girl

The Tokyo High Court on January 31 began the second hearing in an appeal trial against a lower court ruling that sentenced a Japanese man to life in prison over the murder of a Vietnamese girl in 2017.

MORE NEWS

Downpours cause human, property losses in northern Vietnam

Hanoi and other northern provinces were inundated following heavy rains on May 23 and 24 that have caused human and property losses.

Vietnam puts forward numerous important proposals at WEF Davos 2022

Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai has shared the nation’s plans to build a low-carbon, green-ecological-sustainable agriculture system with three pillars; ecological agriculture, modern countryside, and smart farmers.

Various Party members in HCM City disciplined

The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee’s Inspection Board has disciplined seven Party members for their involvement in four cases monitored by the Central Steering Committee for Corruption and Negative Phenomena Prevention and Control.

Government proposes delay to submission of draft amended Land Law to NA

The Government has proposed a delay to a submission of the draft Law on Land (amended) to the National Assembly (NA) until the Party Central Committee issues directions on reforms of land-related policies and laws.

New records, outstanding athletes of SEA Games 31

A total of 22 new records were set at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) which concluded with a colourful ceremony in Hanoi on May 23 night.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES MAY 24

Traffic accidents claim over 2,760 lives in five months

Obstacles yet to clear to pave way for robust industrial property development

Vietnam has not yet reached its full potential in industrial property development, due to inadequate regulations and a lack of social infrastructure.

Teen suicide: 'red warnings' ignored

According to statistics, about 2% of children suffer from depression. The rate is from 5% to 8% for adolescents. The rate is higher among children after puberty.

Prime Minister to host dialogue with farmers on May 29

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will host a dialogue in Son La on May 29 with a participation of 500 delegates, including 300 typical farmers, cooperatives and enterprises in the agricultural field along with experts and scientists across the country.

Will housing prices cool down in late 2022?

The boost in sales and the slowdown of the land bank expansion are expected to help  land and house prices decrease in the remaining quarters of 2022, according to VNDirect Research.

Just 15 percent of urban wastewater treated

According to the Government's report, the total amount of wastewater collected and treated in urban areas is very low, only about 15 percent whereas wastewater in most rural residential areas is not treated.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MAY 24

Tight material supply impedes textile exports

Stock, real estate markets too hot, need close supervision

The Government has submitted to the National Assembly a report about the implementation of the 2021 socio-economic development plan and the deployment of the 2022 plan.

Hoi An sampan riders: the hardships and the smiles

Entering a new normal phase after more than two years of being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, sampan riders in Hoi An City are eager to get back to work, expecting prosperous, stable tourism development for the town.

HCM City to host Smart City Asia 2022

A Smart City Expo & Forum in Asia (Smart City Asia 2022) will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City from May 26 to May 28.
back_to_top