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Man gets 17 years in prison for taking woman hostage in Saitama internet cafe

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The Saitama District Court has sentenced a 43-year-old man to 17 years in prison for holing up in an internet cafe with a female part-time worker as a hostage and threatening to kill her.

According to the ruling on Wednesday, Koji Nagakubo confined the 22-year-old woman in a private room of the cafe in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, and prevented her from leaving by threatening her with a box cutter, on the night of June 21, 2022, Kyodo News reported.

Nagakubo entered the cafe on the morning of June 21 and stayed all day, using a membership card. The woman entered a private room next to his at around 9:55 p.m. intending to clean it. Nagakubo followed her in.

Two employees were working, including the victim, and around 20 customers were in the cafe when the incident occurred. The other employee called police shortly after 10 p.m. to report that there appeared to be a hostage situation.

Police eventually stormed the room at around 3:15 a.m. on June 22 and took Nagakubo into custody. The woman sustained minor injuries.

Nagakubo told police that he was tired of life. He also suggested he wanted to commit a crime so he would be sent back to prison.

The suspect had previously taken hostages at a community-focused shinkin bank in Aichi Prefecture in 2012, according to police. He was sentenced to nine years in prison in April 2013 and released in April 2022

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Wow! I recall past cases of mothers killing their children getting much less time. I think they need to seriously rethink sentencing guidelines.

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Wow. Usually, criminals get off here with minimal or often zero prison time. This one goes too far in the opposite direction.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Well, he got his wish about going back to prison.

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Sorry, but I think the 9 year sentence that was actually given was sufficient and if repeat 17 years is fine too. Hostage taking is serious and should be treated as such. To say otherwise is to downplay other crimes against the person, such as r-pe.

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A hostage justice legal system convicts a person of hostage taking. Seems like the blind leading the blind.

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LMFAO this guy got exactly what he wanted but he came up a little short. He only received 17 year. Nagakubo told police that he was tired of life and he wanted to commit a crime so he would be sent back to prison. He had previously taken hostages before and spend years in prison. I think he is disappointed because he didn't get a life sentence. 17 years for taking a hostage but killing someone you get a lessor sentence.

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Deserved 30 years..

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People who - bizarrely - think this animals' sentence "goes too far" need to read the story. He has been convicted of hostage taking before.

He deserved every year of that sentence - and more. Imagine the lives he has traumatised and likely destroyed over the years.

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17 years should be long enough for him to like life, that sad part is we have to pay for his Food, Clothing, Heating, Security, Power, and water too. it really SUCKS how a looser gets to live for FREE off the backs of the working citizens.

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@Mark

What do you suggest is done with people instead of gaol then?

Execution?

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My dog, that poor woman, taken hostage by a obviously out of his mind criminal. But I guess that full board and lodging and free clothes for 17 years will please him. But he will only be 60 when he gets out, unless he gets time off for good behaviour, but then, he wants to stay in prison so he may commit other crimes in there.

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Para SitiusDec. 14  07:57 pm JST

Well, he got his wish about going back to prison.

Enjoy your stay, criminal nerd.

> 桜川雪Dec. 14  08:26 pm JST

Sorry, but I think the 9 year sentence that was actually given was sufficient and if repeat 17 years is fine too. Hostage taking is serious and should be treated as such. To say otherwise is to downplay other crimes against the person, such as r-pe.

It's traumatic. Her life was threatened and it can lead to PTSD for her. The sentence fits the crime.

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A hostage justice legal system convicts a person of hostage taking. Seems like the blind leading the blind.

THIS!

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