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Man arrested for disposing of mother's body re-arrested on suspicion of her murder

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Police said Saturday that a man who was arrested last month for burying his mother's body in the garden of their house in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, has been rearrested on suspicion of her murder.

According to police, Masahiro Sato, 45, was arrested last month when it was discovered he had buried his 64-year-old mother's remains in the garden. However, police now believe he also strangled his mother to death in the living room of their home, Fuji TV reported.

Sato turned himself in at a police station on April 23 and said he had buried his mother after she died. He reportedly confessed to killing her during police questioning and was arrested for the murder on Friday, Fuji reported.

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police now believe he also strangled his mother to death

Since he told them he did, I guess it's understandable that they believe him. Evidence, however, would be nice. You know, if this ever goes to court and they are forced to prove it.

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It just seems like police here avoid ticking the murder box as long as they can until someone confesses. This may be the secret to having a low crime rate. Its all about labeling.

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No Al. They avoid the murder box so they can rearrest people and hold them longer. The article does not say, but its obvious this guy was never released in the first place. Also, I am sure they did not arrest him immediately after he confessed, but rather waited until his initial holding period was up to rearrest him, and thus drag it out as long as possible. And bail? Forget it.

Good luck to anyone trying to defend themselves in this country.

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ManBearPigMAY. 06, 2012 - 10:56AM JST No Al. They avoid the murder box so they can rearrest people and hold them longer. The article does not say, but its obvious this guy was never released in the first place. Also, I am sure they did not arrest him immediately after he confessed, but rather waited until his initial holding period was up to rearrest him, and thus drag it out as long as possible. And bail? Forget it. Good luck to anyone trying to defend themselves in this country.

Very true... but the below says a lot when it comes to Japan and their conviction protocal

He reportedly confessed

So all this time he has been in custody (if that was the case, nothing supporting this statement) it was time for the police to get a confession. Great.

I am not knocking on the J-police (this time) but they at least "found" out what happened. Then again, if there is no proof, then charges shouldn't be pressed for the fact that police would (probably are with the way they do things here) do some crooked stuff to uphold their nice conviction rate.

Other than that, I hope bowing it out and saying he wont do it again (well... no one else left to do it to) wont get him a get out of jail free card AKA suspended sentence.

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So bad... poor mother

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He reportedly confessed to killing her during police questioning

Interesting parallel to the "torture" poll / thread on todays JT!

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How horrible.

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