A 41-year-old man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend in her apartment in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, last January.
In the opening session of his trial at the Mito District Court, the defendant, Mitsunori Yasu, retracted his confession and said he made it after three days of interrogation when he was so despondent that he could no longer make any sense out of what he was saying or what he was being asked, TBS reported.
According to prosecutors, Yasu, who was a construction worker, allegedly strangled to death Kiyomi Kobayashi, 47, at her apartment at around 8 p.m. on Saturday Jan 10. Her body was found the next day. The couple had lived together for several months until late December 2013.
Surveillance camera footage showed Yasu using a key to enter the apartment on Saturday evening. Yasu said he went back to the apartment to try and convince Kobayashi to get back together with him, but that she was alive when he left.© Japan Today