A 24-year-old man who fatally stabbed his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in front of a train station in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, last November, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The Chiba District Court handed down the sentence on Hayato Oka, TBS reported Tuesday.
The court heard that the victim, Shiori Yuasa, was walking with her three-year-old daughter and 35-year-old fiance with whom she lived when she was attacked by Oka with a kitchen knife about 100 meters from Motoyawata Station on the JR Sobu line at around 4:30 p.m. Witnesses testified that they saw Oka stab Yuasa in the stomach and then run up the station steps, eluding two pursuers.
Oka was detained the next day after arriving by ferry on Hachijo island where he has relatives.
The court heard that Yuasa had contacted police in September to file a complaint against Oka for stalking her. Police said they issued the man a warning but took no further action.
Prosecutors had demanded a sentence of 20 years in prison for Oka. His lawyer said he will appeal the sentence.© Japan Today