The Tottori Family Court has sent a 19-year-old girl who took part in the murder of a 20-year-old college student at a Nagoya hotel in December to a juvenile reformatory for three years.
The girl, who is a college student, and a 20-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of killing Yuri Kako, a university student from Tokai City in Aichi Prefecture, whom they got to know on a social media site for people looking for help to commit suicide.
Kako’s body was found in a business hotel room on Dec 6, with a plastic bag over her head and tape was wound tightly around her neck.
According to a TV Tokai report, the hotel, in Naka Ward, called police after an employee found Kako unresponsive, lying on a bed, after she failed to leave the room by the noon check-out time.
An autopsy revealed she had died from acute respiratory failure.
In handing down the ruling against the girl, Judge Yuichi Tada said that “a young victim lost her life and the consequences will be severe.” On the other hand, he pointed out that she was told what to do by her male accomplice who assured her they were acting on the victim’s own wish to die. The judge said “the maliciousness is low compared to other homicide cases.”
The girl was initially sent to the Nagoya Family Court in December but she was transferred to the Tottori Family Court. Her male accomplice has been indicted and is yet to stand trial.© Japan Today