Critical evidence in a 1999 murder case in Tokyo was misfiled by police and went undiscovered for 12 years as a result, authorities said Sunday.
The case concerns the murder of a 28-year-old woman in an apartment in Itabashi. According to NTV, the palm prints of prime suspect Seiji Uchida, 38, were taken from the crime scene and then misplaced in the police database. Sources say that the officer who filed the evidence did so under the supervision of an experienced superior who also failed to notice the mistake, NTV reported.
The evidence was found this year when an officer engaged in a separate investigation into Uchida, who was arrested this year for another crime, remembered the case and searched through the original materials.
The National Police Agency has urged all police stations to ensure that similar mistakes have not taken place in their databases, NTV reported.© Japan Today