The second petty bench of the Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by a 25-year-old Vietnamese man convicted of murdering a man in 2019, finalizing his 27-year prison sentence.
The court on Thursday denied the appeal of Nguyen Dinh Hai who was convicted of killing Isao Osato, 76, and attempting to kill Osato’s wife Yuko, 73, at their farmhouse Yachiyo, Ibaraki Prefecture, in 2019, Kyodo News reported Friday.
Nyugen, who came to Japan as an agricultural technical trainee, lived about 1.5 kilometers from the farmhouse. According to the court ruling, Osato and his wife were attacked sometime before 3 a.m. on Aug 24, 2019. The couple’s 42-year-old son who lived in another residence near the farmhouse, called 119 at around 3:15 a.m. He said he heard the dog barking and went to check on his parents. He found them both collapsed, bleeding from knife wounds.
Isao had more than 10 knife wounds to his chest and stomach and was declared dead at the scene. His wife Yuko was stabbed in the stomach and found in the corridor outside her bedroom. She later told police that a man wearing a black ski mask stabbed her.
The court heard that Nyugen entered the farmhouse through an unlocked door.
Street surveillance camera footage which was taken about 100 meters from the victims' residence showed a man wearing a hood walking along the road leading to the Osatos' home at around 1:35 a.m. He is next seen running away from the home at around 2:50 a.m.
Nyugen was seen on surveillance camera footage at a home center purchasing a knife there on the night of Aug 23. It was the same type of blood-stained knife police found at the crime scene.
Footprints left outside the farmhouse also matched those of Nyugen’s shoes which were blood-stained when he was arrested.© Japan Today