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Man gets 20 years for killing woman, dumping her body in Miyagi mountain forest

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The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture has sentenced a 37-year-old man to 20 years in prison for confining a 24-year-old woman in his apartment for a month and beating her until she died, in December 2019. The victim’s body was then dumped in a mountain forest in Miyagi Prefecture.

In its ruling on Thursday, the court said Manabu Kaifu conspired with his wife Haruka and his sister-in-law, Sayaka Takagi, to confine Sanae Tanaka in their apartment where he beat her, causing her to die of her injuries, Kyodo News reported. They then buried Tanaka’s body in a mountain forest in Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture.

The case came to light when Kaifu’s wife visited a police station in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, on Jan 18, 2020, and said that she had helped him bury a woman’s body in the forest in December 2019. Acting on this information, police found Tanaka’s remains and arrested Kaifu, his wife and sister-in-law.

In sentencing Kaifu, the presiding judge pointed out that the crime involved confining the woman for a long period of time in order to force her into prostitution, handcuffing her, and repeatedly assaulting her. He said: “This is an insult to human dignity, and the suffering of the victim is unimaginable.The viciousness is unprecedented.’’

Kaifu’s wife and sister-in-law are being tried separately.

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the crime involved confining the woman for a long period of time in order to force her into prostitution

There a special place in hell reserved for these evil doers.

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I cannot imagine a better case for hanging. 20 years is a disgrace.

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With time already served, this animal will be out in his early 50s. He absolutely should be hung, as should his wife. There'd be zero tears.

Rest in Peace to poor Sanae.

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A life sentence is more appropriate, if not a five foot drop.

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Some Killers have so good wives. they even help their husbands in murdering innocent people and hiding it, at least for a while.

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Only 20 years?

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"A life sentence is more appropriate, if not a five foot drop."

There is no "five foot drop" as the average person is over 5 feet tall - that would have their head above the trap door - the table of scales are 7 feet, especially in Japan where they fall completely through the trap door.

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The sentence is too light. The death penalty is too easy. 40 years in solitary confinement or any other thigs to be done is better. Let him feel the woman's pain for 40 years with no reading and whatever else they can do to punish him and that will be pretty good punishment.

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Just 20 years????...

What happened with well deserved death penalty???...

Put those good old gallows to work!!!..

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travelbangaijinToday 12:23 am JST

"A life sentence is more appropriate, if not a five foot drop."

There is no "five foot drop" as the average person is over 5 feet tall - that would have their head above the trap door - the table of scales are 7 feet, especially in Japan where they fall completely through the trap door.

I never understood that trap door nonsense. People are too squeamish to see what their government does or is there an assumption that if you don't see it, suffering doesn't happen?

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20 years sends the wrong message, DEATH is the only option and treatment for killers like this. there is no other treatment, he will do it again when given the chance.

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@travel, I’m fine with the short drop.

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He sounds like a monster. What possible mitigating reasons could there be for such a light sentence for imprisonment, slavery, severe assault and murder?

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For such a gruesome crime(kidnapping, violating, and murdering), the sentence of 20 years is like a visit in the park...too short.

A life sentence would be more appropriate.

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i agree with most commenters, 20 years is too low for this crime. I often wonder why we need courts, judges, lawyers etc when there is rarely a judging for fairness. AI computers would just serve the purpose by applying written rules exact with no mistake. Each side can input their story in a computer and let the AI make decisions based on the law and regulations. You would save huge money in the process.

there maybe only few cases needing to be looked at by a committee.

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In sentencing Kaifu, the presiding judge ... said: “This is an insult to human dignity, and the suffering of the victim is unimaginable. The viciousness is unprecedented.’’

Yet, he only sentenced him to 20 years? The extremely light sentence for such a serious crime is certainly not unprecedented, in Japan.

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