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.
Reporters wait in front of the Tokyo High Court (Photo: VNA)
The hearing took place as the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office of Japan said that life imprisonment given to the defender is too lenient and proposed a death penalty for him instead.
This time, the ADN test results of the victim and the defender, as well as evidence discovered at the crime scene, were presented at the court.
The next hearings are scheduled for February 23 and March 2.
Le Thi Nhat Linh, a third grader at Mutsumi Daini Elementary School in Matsudo, Chiba prefecture, went missing on March 24, 2017, and was found dead near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko two days later.
Yasumasa Shibuya, a 48-year-old former head of a parents group at the girl’s school, was arrested on April 14 on suspicion of dumping Linh’s body.
The Chiba District Court convicted Shibuya on grounds that the DNA matching him was found on the nine-year-old girl’s body and DNA in blood found in his vehicle matched the girl’s. On July 6, 2018, the man was sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, prosecutors appealed the ruling, as Le Anh Hao, the girl’s father refuted the verdict. They said Shibuya took advantage of his position to deceive and murder Linh rather than protecting her as he was supposed to. According to them, the ruling did not match his ruthless action./.VNA