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Man gets life in prison for killing 7-year-old girl in Niigata last year

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A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 7-year-old girl last year in Niigata City.

The Niigata District Court handed down its ruling Wednesday against Haruka Kobayashi at the conclusion of the trial which began on Nov 8. Prosecutors had sought the death sentence.

According to the ruling, Kobayashi intentionally hit Tamaki Omomo with his car while she was on way home from school on May 7, 2018. He then put her in the car, molested her and strangled her to death before abandoning her body on a railway track to make it appear as though she had been killed by a train.

Kobayashi was arrested one week later for abandoning and damaging Omomo's body, and was later served another arrest warrant on suspicion of murdering her.

Kobayashi, who lived in the same neighborhood as the victim, initially told police that his car "collided" with the child. But an autopsy found she had been strangled to death. Brown paint from Omomo's backpack was also found on Kobayashi's car.

Kobayashi emerged as a possible suspect from an early stage of the investigation as he had been referred to prosecutors one month prior to the murder over an alleged violation of the prefecture's juvenile protection ordinance after driving around with a female junior high school student in his car.

Police said he abandoned Omomo’s body on the railroad track between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on May 7. He failed to show up that day at the electrical engineering company where he worked and sent an email in the late afternoon saying that he was feeling unwell. He never returned to his place of employment, according to the company president.

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Good. Too bad he'll serve his time in a safe Japanese prison, as opposed to somewhere like Pelican Bay.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

There's no justice in Japan.

this will be treated a precedent.

They'll kill more!

-15 ( +2 / -17 )

Beats the usual rap they get here, but it's still far too short for this monster. Well, I hope at least he suffers every day of the rest of his life.

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This is far better than the usual sentence. What are you suggesting? the state murder the man? How does that make them different?

2 ( +9 / -7 )

If proven, anyone who planed to rape and kill a child deserves to be put down like a wild dog ( after getting some of the same treatment in jail preferably ) ...no sympathy here. In this kind of a case spare me the human rights spin and save taxpayer the expense.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

the state murder the man? How does that make them different?

The state would be murdering a scumbag guilty of murdering an innocent child.

The scumbag murdered an innocent child who did nothing.

You cannot see the difference? Why not?

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Why didn't he get the death penalty!? I can't think of a more deserving crime than this. Japanese justice is a travesty

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Kobayashi emerged as a possible suspect from an early stage of the investigation as he had been referred to prosecutors one month prior to the murder over an alleged violation of the prefecture's juvenile protection ordinance after driving around with a female junior high school student in his car.

That girl sure dodged a bullet!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

That's one sick puppy. How about never turning off the lights in his cell, and playing Guns N' Roses at hyper volume until he offs himself.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Why didn't he get the death penalty!? I can't think of a more deserving crime than this. Japanese justice is a travesty

Yes, because occasionally it does carry out the death penalty. Such a brutal punishment has no place in any society. Nor do the supporters of state killings.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

, but it's still far too short for this monster

Longer than a life sentence?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Yes, because occasionally it does carry out the death penalty. Such a brutal punishment has no place in any society. Nor do the supporters of state killings.

Agreed.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Such a brutal punishment has no place in any society. Nor do the supporters of state killings.

But the killing of innocents gets the wink of approval. Lol

As if there were no difference between murdering an innocent child and the killing of the murderer. If you can’t see the difference, it’s because you’ve got your eyes closed in a state of denial.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Japanese life in prison is not life in prison

He'll come out of jail in 20 years

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Shameful. He should be executed.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

"What are you suggesting? the state murder the man? How does that make them different?"

And how does keeping this man alive for his entire natural lifespan on citizens' tax dollars a better resolution to a crime so horrifically committed against someone who has yet to experience the fullness of what life has to offer?

A life-sentence to certain deviant individuals is a promise of shelter, three meals a day, air condition, and some form of healthcare paid by someone else. Oh yes, so very effective as a deterrent.

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Why didn't he get the death penalty!? I can't think of a more deserving crime than this. Japanese justice is a travesty

The longer you read stories about single murders here, no matter how shocking or horrendous the circumstances, you will see that the Japanese courts do not hand down the death penalty sentence for cases that involve a single murder.

The death sentence seems to only be handed down when there are two or more victims.

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Such a brutal punishment has no place in any society. Nor do the supporters of state killings.

Only said by someone who understands little of Japanese culture. As you have just pushed out over 120 MILLION people here, as the society here supports the death penalty.

Wait, let me change that, they are apathetic to the death penalty, and do not perceive it to be a major issue.

If you understand anything about the culture here, you would not be marking all of them as having no place in society!

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they are apathetic to the death penalty,

Yubaru, generally I think you're right. Although of the people her who I've actually talked to about the death penalty (probably fewer than 10), they usually say something along the lines of how the person has crossed the line of human behavior and have forfeited their right to live in this society. Frankly, I agree, just with the caveat that their culpability be iron-clad (admittedly a difficult standard to adhere to).

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Yes, because occasionally it does carry out the death penalty. Such a brutal punishment has no place in any society. Nor do the supporters of state killings.

you mean people with a different opinion than yours don't have a place in society? then where should we go? or would you rather have is put to death also so that only people with the "right" opinion can be heard.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

May true justice be visited upon this monster, and may he be haunted until he goes insane.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

life? why not capital punishment? why do i need to feed this garbage from my taxes for the next 50 years.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Life?

Not good enough.

This should be his daily schedule. Tie him up at a driving school and let the terrible students run into him a few times everyday. Then send him to a rope making factory and let them test how strong the new ropes are by tying him by the neck and hanging him off the bridge every morning. Next have him clean up the train tracks of his favorite train line, hopefully getting banged by a few trains every now and then. Then at night, have him come back and get molested by his fellow inmates. Repeat

Now, that's a sentence we can all live with.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Truly absolutely disgusting. I understand a justice system and rules are necessary, but if someone went medieval on this horrible person I would approve it.

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