The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Friday sentenced a 42-year-old man and his 26-year-old girlfriend to life in prison for the murder of a 21-year-old woman in May.
The court heard that Manami Hirasawa was reported missing in April. Her body was discovered in the backyard of a private residence in Mooka City, Tochigi Prefecture.
On May 22, police arrested Yasuhiro Ishizaki and his female acquaintance, Maya Tezura, after they were observed on bank surveillance camera footage using an ATM to withdraw money from Hirasawa's account in April, Fuji TV reported.
Ishizaki admitted to strangling Hirasawa to death inside his car before burying her body on April 5.
Police searched the backyard of Ishizaki's parents' home after he admitted to burying Hirasawa's body there. The couple were initially charged with stealing 8 million yen from Hirasawa's bank account on April 6.
Ishizaki met Hirasawa through an online chat site.© Japan Today