A 27-year-old former Osaka policeman was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the Osaka District Court on Tuesday for murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend in January this year.
The court heard that the ex-officer, Takashi Mizuuchi, strangled to death his girlfriend Hikaru Shirata at her apartment in Higashisumiyoshi Ward at around 8 a.m. on Sunday Jan 25, Sankei Shimbun reported. Mizuuchi used a belt to strangle Shirata who worked at a hospital.
The victim's body, fully clothed, was found in the bathtub at around 11 a.m. after the apartment building manager received a call from her workplace expressing concern that she hadn't shown up for work and that they could not contact her.
Mizuuchi, who has been married to another woman since August 2014, confessed to killing Shirata and said he got angry after Shirata talked about ending their relationship and hinted she would tell his wife about their affair.
Mizuuchi's lawyer had argued that his client had lost his temper and that the murder was not premeditated.
In handing down the sentence, the presiding judge said it was an evil act, made even worse since a policeman is supposed to protect people's lives.© Japan Today