Man gets 17 years in prison for murder of beautician in 2016


A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the murder of a 23-year-old beautician in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 2016.

The Yokohama District Court handed down its ruling on Thursday against Toru Murakami, who was in a relationship with Kana Ofuji, and killed her because she wanted to break off their relationship, Fuji TV reported.

The court heard that Ofuji’s body was found on June 8, 2016, by a co-worker after she failed to show up for work for two days. The door to her apartment was not locked. Ofuji's body was lying face-up on a sofa, with the lower half of her body covered by a blanket. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death by a thin cord.

Prosecutors said Murakami's fingerprints were found in Ofuji's apartment. He denied killing Ofuji but admitted he did know her.

In 2016, Murakami was working as truck driver, based in Sapporo, and said that he made several trips to Kanagawa as part of his job. He was arrested Sapporo in February 2017.

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But she lost the only life of hers. Where is the justice in the ruling? I don't get it. Not at all.

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Ever notice how people's occupation always figures prominently in these headlines? I guess Japan is still all about what you do and not who you are....

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Only 17 years in jail, Not Fair to the family of this young lady. The death penalty should have been the punishment for this crime. The girl was only 23 just starting to live & enjoy life then this weirdo kills her just because she dumped him. I wonder if he's killed all the girls that have dumped him in the past or was she just the unlucky one. R.I.P. Kana.

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