A planned police search of a 60-year-old man's home over a murder case in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, was called off at the last minute Thursday after his lawyer filed an appeal with the Kyoto District Court. The man was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing some 2,000 yen from an offertory box at a shrine and women's underwear from a residence.
His lawyer said the police did not need to search his home again as they have already done so once, when they arrested him over the alleged thefts. ''We can say from our past experience that forced confessions following compulsory searches may lead to false accusations,'' the lawyer said.
The new search was planned after suspicions emerged that the man was seen with Miho Kosugi, a 15-year-old first-year high school student who was found murdered in Maizuru on May 8, the police said.
She was seen on security camera footage at several different locations in the area that day, walking with a man pushing his bicycle. Police used this as the basis of their investigation to identify the man who lives near the crime scene.
Prior to his arrest, the man denied his involvement in the murder of Kosugi, telling reporters, ''I was sleeping'' on the evening she was killed.© Wire reports