The Kobe District Court has sentenced a former part-time worker at Yamato Transport Co to 27 years in prison for the murder of one colleague and the attempted murder of another co-worker in Kobe in 2020.
Prosecutors had sought 28 years for Shinichi Kakei, 47, a former employee at Yamato's Kobe Kita Suzurandai Center in Kita Ward, on Feb 3, Sankei Shimbun reported. After hearing the sentence, Kakei shouted out in court that he had been hoping for the death penalty.
According to the indictment, Kakei fatally stabbed a 47-year-old female employee and seriously wounded a 60-year-old male employee at the distribution center at around 4 a.m. on Oct 6, 2020. The woman, Mayumi Hirono, was confirmed dead at the scene after suffering several stab wounds to her abdomen. The male employee, who was stabbed with a separate knife, sustained minor injuries, but was able to call police.
The day before, Kakei had an argument with the male employee he stabbed. Hirono attempted to break up the argument but without success. Kakei roughed her up when she tried to intervene.
Her superior asked her to notify police about the trouble. Hirono told police that Kakei hit her and grabbed her tightly. She was quoted by police as saying, “The company has instructed me to file a complaint, but his violence wasn’t directed at me, so I didn’t want to report it as a crime.”
Kakei was forced to resign that afternoon.
After he returned the next morning and stabbed his two former colleagues, Kakei fled the distribution center in a car parked at the scene and later switched to his own vehicle which he crashed into a police patrol car. He told police he rammed the patrol car because he knew was going to be arrested anyway.
Following his arrest, Kakei was quoted as stating, “I was furious after being fired.”© Japan Today