Father of murdered 9-year-old Vietnamese girl marks 3rd anniversary of her death


The father of a nine-year-old girl murdered in 2017 by the former head of a parents' group at an elementary school in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday visited the site where his daughter’s body was found to offer prayers.

Le Thi Nhat Linh, a third-grade student at Mutsumi Daini Elementary School in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, went missing on March 24, 2017, and was found dead near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko two days later.

Yasumasa Shibuya, then 47, was arrested on April 14 that year and later indicted on suspicion of abducting Linh, sexually assaulting and strangling her before abandoning her body. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The victim’s father, Le Anh Hao, 37, who had asked prosecutors to seek the death penalty, visited the spot in Abiko where his daughter's body was found. Flowers were also placed at the scene by local residents.

Le said he thinks of his daughter every day and wishes he could see her again. He said he can’t understand why his daughter was kidnapped and killed. He added he still feels anger because Shibuya never explained his actions or apologized during his trial.

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RIP little one.

And may your family find peace of mind.

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Yasumasa Shibuya deserved death penalty,

no need to waste tax money for his life in prison.

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Very horrendous and sad crime. I hope the murderer is being treated like the POS he really is.

By the way, there’s a typo in the first paragraph. It’s, Matsudo, not Matsuo.

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At least the killer got life instead of the usual 5-10 years or suspended sentence nonsense they give to some people.

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I support the death penalty, not in every case but definitely for this one. Anyone who rapes and murders a child deserves nothing less.

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This monster will never apologize because to apologize is to admit guilt and he cannot admit to his family that he did something so horrendous

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Can we be sure the right man is in prison? I seem to remember the evidence sounding quite circumstantial and I have zero confidence in the police and judicial system in Japan.

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He was convicted by conclusive DNA evidence, rather than an eye witness. So yes, he was convicted by circumstantial evidence.

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This crime was really shocking...the culprit was the chief of the Students Safety Association.

So, the person that should be the most responsible for the safety of the students, raped and killed the student.

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I feel so bad for that father.

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I feel sorry for the his lost. I truly do.

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rainydayMar. 26 10:25 pm JSTI feel so bad for that father.

A loss like this always hits hard. I lost a college GF to suicide 3 years ago and the pain remains. RIP little girl. She never really lived.

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I didn't realise the little girls was dumped so close to where I live....Scary to think animals like that are walking the same streets as my kids...There are チカン注意!signs up all over the place in my town too

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The death penalty is to quick and easy. Letting this guy spend his life in prison with other inmates that know what he did will give him a life of misery.

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AlongfortherideMar. 29 11:27 am JSTThe death penalty is to quick and easy. Letting this guy spend his life in prison with other inmates that know what he did will give him a life of misery.

And the misery and guilt could haunt this bastard so bad he could be begging to die.

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