A 49-year-old man who was arrested last November for keeping the body of his deceased mother in a large suitcase in a condo in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and who fraudulently continued to receive her pension after she died, has received a suspended prison sentence of 2 1/2 years by the Yokohama District Court.
The court handed down the sentence against Takashi Okazaki, a construction worker, Fuji TV reported.
Okazaki's 86-year-old mother Eiko died of natural causes last March. He had told police that he didn't have enough money to pay for her funeral and said there was no one he could turn to for advice, so he kept her body in a suitcase in a closet.
The case came to light last Nov 12 when police officers visited the condo as the rent had not been paid, and found the suitcase. As there were fragrances located around the suitcase, police believe that Okazaki was trying to cover up the odor.
Okazaki, who was not home when police visited the apartment, was picked up at a nearby manga cafe on Nov 13.
Okazaki was charged with illegally obtaining his mother’s pension in addition to the charge of abandoning a body. He received about 450,000 yen in pension payments for four months after his mother died.© Japan Today