A 33-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for her part in killing a 48-year-old woman and then throwing her body into the Hinatami River in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, in 2019.
The Maebashi District Court handed down its ruling on Friday against Yuko Yamamoto, from Saitama Prefecture, Kyodo News reported. In handing down its ruling, the presiding judge said that Yamamoto conspired with Osamu Kobune, then 35, a company employee, to kill Itsuki Kiyonori, a resident of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, whom they met on a social networking site for people looking for help to commit suicide.
According to prosecutors, Okamoto and Kobune met Kiyonori at JR Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture on July 31, 2019, and drove up into the mountains to Nakanojo where Kobune beat Kiyonori to death with a baseball bat inside the car at a parking lot. They then threw her body off a bridge into the water.
Kiyonori’s body was found floating in the river by a fisherman on Aug 5.
Kobune and Yamamoto, who were arrested in Miyagi Prefecture on Aug 7, 2019, had Kiyonori’s driver’s license and her ATM card in their possession. Street surveillance camera footage showed Kiyonori walking near Takasaki Station with them on the night of July 31.
Kobune was tried and convicted in 2021 and sentenced to 27 years in prison.© Japan Today