Trial begins for man accused of killing Chiba nurse last April
The trial began Monday of a man charged with the murder of a 23-year-old nurse in an apartment in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, in Golden Week last year.
The Chiba District Court heard that the suspect, identified as Taishi Nishioka, 27, lived on the 5th floor of the apartment block where the murder occurred, Fuji TV reported.
The nurse, Kanae Hasegawa, was found stabbed to death in the apartment of her 23-year-old ex-boyfriend on Monday morning April 30. The ex-boyfriend told police that Hasegawa—who is from Sendai—had planned to spend Golden Week with him. He left the key to the apartment for her in the mailbox on Sunday afternoon, as he planned to spend Sunday night with a friend.
He returned home on Monday morning and called 110 at about 8 a.m. after finding Hasegawa lying on her bed, bleeding from the chest. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Prosecutors told the court that a DNA analysis of hair follicles left at the scene of the crime matched Nishioka’s, Fuji reported.
After his arrest, Nishioka has admitted to the charge. He was quoted by police as saying he entered the apartment with the intention of robbing it, because he knew the occupant was out. He said was surprised by Hasegawa and killed her.
Prosecutors said that Nishioka needed money to pay off debts. His defense counsel told the court that his client was still young and asked for a lenient sentence so that he could be rehabilitated.