A 63-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling a 50-year-old woman and then throwing her body into a lake in Kiyokawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, last year.
The Yokohama District Court handed down its ruling against Kazuo Iida who was convicted of strangling a female acquaintance, Hiromi Iotani, with a necktie in his car, on Feb 1, 2018, Fuji TV reported. He then threw her unconscious body into Lake Miyagase from a 15-meter-high bridge.
Initially, Iida was arrested on a charge of corpse abandonment after admitting to disposing of the body in the lake. However, he was released from custody because police were unable to find the body despite his statement.
On June 18, 2018, Kanagawa prefectural police reopened the investigation and this time, divers covered a wider area and were able to find Iotani’s body on the ninth day of the search. An autopsy showed Iotani was still alive when she went into the water and that she had drowned.
Iida was quoted by police as saying killed Iotani over a financial dispute.© Japan Today