Monday, April 28, 2008

Japanese woman jailed for killing, sawing up husband

A court has sentenced a Japanese woman to 15 years in prison for beating her husband to death, sawing up his body and dumping the parts across Tokyo in retaliation for domestic violence.

The Tokyo District Court ruled Kaori Mihashi, 33, had murdered her husband, Yusuke Mihashi, a 30-year-old employee of a foreign-affiliated brokerage firm, by clubbing him in the head with a wine bottle while he was sleeping.

She then sawed his body into five pieces, the court said.

"Even though she was feeling desperate in her hellish married life, the crime was cruel," presiding judge Masaya Kawamoto said, as quoted by public broadcaster NHK.

The court rejected testimony by psychiatrists that she had become mentally ill from the effects of her husband's violence, saying that she was mentally fit enough to attempt to cover up the crime.

The prosecution had sought 20 years in prison.

The crime emerged after passers-by found the man's unclothed torso and the lower half of his body in different public places in central Tokyo in December 2006.

She was arrested a month later. Based on her testimony, the police located Mihashi's head in a Tokyo park.

The couple had been married for three-and-a-half years.


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