How a meaningless argument ended in murder
Two Osaka municipal high school girls were told by their homeroom teacher during lunch hour on Oct 6 to go to the school gate. Awaiting the puzzled teenagers were police investigators, who promptly arrested the two.
On the previous day, a young man was found dead in an empty barrel at Obama Bay in Fukui Prefecture. The man was identified as Yuichi Sagara, 19, reported missing since April. A police source explained that the barrel had been tightly sealed and stuffed with sandbags so that it remained underwater for six months. The body had decomposed to the bones and could be identified only through DNA analysis.
Six men and women in their teens and 20s have been arrested so far for abandonment of a dead body, including Akira Kometsugi, 27, who has already confessed to murdering the young man. An acquaintance of both the principal suspect and victim say the two knew each other through Kometsugi’s younger brother who was Sagara’s friend. Kometsugi’s home was known as a favorite den where high school students and other youngsters would hang out and inhale paint thinners.
According to police investigations, a quarrel over the use of motorbikes and video games escalated into a gang beating of the victim. The unconscious Sagara was later found to be dead, so the group took his body and disposed of it in a barrel. The high school girls denied any involvement, saying they were asleep in the car when the body was being dumped into the sea.
Police suspect all were under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime. Yet another incomprehensible act of violence over a meaningless argument.