A 37-year-old man and his 64-year-old mother have gone on trial over the murder of the man’s 30-year-old wife last year. Takahito Yatani and his mother Emi are also charged with abandoning the body of Yatani’s wife Maiko by burying it in the garden of Emi’s home in Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
In the opening session of the trial Wednesday at the Chiba District Court, Yatani, a bank employee, admitted to killing his wife. His mother denied conspiring to kill Maiko but admitted helping her son cover up the crime.
Prosecutors said that Yatani strangled his wife on March 4, 2018, at their home in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture. He then took her body to his mother's house where he and his mother buried the corpse in the garden.
Yatani reported his wife missing on March 6, claiming she got out of their car after an argument and never returned home. However, street surveillance camera footage did not corroborate this statement.
After his arrest, Yatani admitted killing his wife. In his statement, he said: “Our marriage was not going well and my resentment was building up and I strangled her to death.” He also told police where he had taken his wife’s body and it was found on July 18.
Maiko’s father told reporters after her body was found that he wished Yatani had been more patient toward his daughter.© Japan Today