A 57-year-old man, charged with killing his 47-year-old girlfriend and dumping her body on a road in Shin-Kiba in Tokyo’s Koto Ward in 2017, told the Tokyo District Court on Monday that the woman wanted to die.
At the opening session of his trial, Kazumi Ueda, a former Ota Ward official, admitted to strangling Tomoko Ota with a necktie in his car on the night of Oct 31, 2017, and then leaving her body on the road, Fuji TV reported.
Ueda said he first thought of taking the body to Chiba Prefecture but drove around for four hours looking for an isolated spot before pushing Ota's body out of the car in Shin-Kiba. Her body was found at around 2:30 a.m. on Nov 1. She was fully clothed but had no personal belongings or ID on her.
Ueda surfaced as a suspect after surveillance camera footage showed his white car in the area where the body was found.
Prosecutors claimed that Ueda, who is married, had been having an affair with Ota and that he killed her after she told him she wanted to end their relationship because she was seeing another man.
However, in his statement on Monday, Ueda said: “I killed her but she agreed to be killed.”
Ueda’s lawyer argued that Ueda’s case is, in fact, “consensual homicide” because the victim said she wanted to die and did not resist as the defendant strangled her.© Japan Today