A policeman in Osaka, who lost a piece of evidence, attempted to conceal the mistake by replacing it with fake evidence, it has been revealed.
A 53-year-old assistant police inspector from a police station in Yao is accused of destruction of evidence and falsification of official documents last October, Fuji TV reported. Two of his colleagues, both police sergeants, are to be disciplined for their complicity in the falsification.
Investigators said assistant police inspector lost a wooden sword that was required as evidence in an ongoing case. In an attempt to conceal his mistake, he is believed to have replaced it with a sword taken from the station kendo practice room, Fuji TV reported.
The same man also became embroiled in an altercation with a train passenger on the evening of the day on which he lost the evidence, police revealed. He was allegedly intoxicated, and attempting to swing his legs while holding on to the train safety handles, when the argument began.
The Osaka Metropolitan Police Department says the man has been suspended from work for six months and that the two police sergeants who were complicit in the falsification will both receive pay cuts, Fuji reported.
During police questioning, the officer was quoted by investigators as saying, "I thought I was going to lose my job for the incident on the train and for losing the evidence, so I decided to come clean about the falsification too."© Japan Today