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Man gets 27 years for killing woman, tossing her body from bridge into river

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One of two suspects arrested for killing a 48-year-old woman and then throwing her body into the Hinatami River in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, in 2019, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison by the Maebashi District Court.

The court handed down its ruling on Monday against Osamu Kobune, 35, a company employee, Fuji TV reported. The court ruled that Kobune and another defendant, Yuko Yamamoto, 31, an unemployed resident of Saitama Prefecture, who is yet to be tried, threw the body of Itsuki Kiyonori, a resident of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, off a bridge into the water on July 31, 2019.

Kiyonori’s body was found floating in the river by a fisherman on Aug 5. An autopsy revealed Kiyonori had been beaten about the head and chest before her body entered the water.

According to prosecutors, the two suspects and Kiyonori met on a social networking site for people looking for help to commit suicide. They met at JR Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture and drove up into the mountains to Nakanojo where Kobune beat Kiyonori to death with a baseball bat inside the car at a parking lot.

Kobune and Yamamoto, who were arrested in Miyagi Prefecture on Aug 7, 2019, had Kiyonori’s driver’s license and her ATM card in their possession. Street surveillance camera footage showed Kiyonori walking near Takasaki Station with them on the night of July 31.

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One of two suspects arrested on suspicion of throwing the body of a 48-year-old woman into the Hinatami River in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, in 2019, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison by the Maebashi District Court.

That's terrible. Glad the suspect got 27 years.

Real shame. Nakanojo is my favorite place in Gunma Prefecture. Absolutely gorgeous.

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One of two suspects arrested on suspicion of throwing the body of a 48-year-old woman

So, how old was the poor woman?

Rest in Peace.

27 years is a decent penalty I guess, deserved more though. Hopefully the second piece of trash gets the same or more when he is tried.

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According to prosecutors, the two suspects and Kiyonori met on a social networking site for people looking for help to commit suicide. They met at JR Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture and drove up into the mountains to Nakanojo where Kobune beat Kiyonori to death with a baseball bat inside the car at a parking lot.

Is beating someone to death with a baseball bat considered assisted suicide?

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Is beating someone to death with a baseball bat considered assisted suicide?

If not, then what is? Don't think there is one accepted definition.

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In some cases the death penalty is the most appropriate, and in others it is not. When a person commits a gruesome crime like in this case what good is it to any society to keep this person on the face of the earth???

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I wonder if the poor woman regretted it at some point. Wanting to commit suicide and being hit in a car with a baseball bat are two different things.

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Premeditated Crimes should carry harsher penalties.

It may be the way the headline & story are written here, but it appears the more ‘heinous’ part of the crimes, warranting the severe (for Japan) sentencing, was of how the body was disposed of and the affect on the community.

Yes, she was disturbed and was contemplating suicide but these 2 sickos sought her out, thinking her death-wish would be their opportunities for a thrill-kill and some cash.

Despite the remote location …

“drove up into the mountains to Nakanojo where Kobune beat Kiyonori to death with a baseball bat inside the car at a parking lot.” -

… something in their ultimate ‘plan’ for her went awry?

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Killing someone with a baseball bat is the true meaning of Assault and Battery! 27 years he should get life in prison!

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And gallows???..

Is beating someone to death with a baseball bat considered assisted suicide?

In your country is "freedom".. lol !!..

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Id like to see this muder end up in execution.

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not good.

throw him down from same bridge and if he survives do it again.

no mercy.

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only 27 years?

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Baseball bat... inside a car?

S

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My thoughts exactly. Must have been a big car.

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I think they should put CCTV along the river and mountain too.

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