|The trial of Japanese Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, who is accused of murdering a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl would begin on June 4. — KYODO Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Japan’s Chiba Prefecture court announced on Tuesday that the trial of the man accused of murdering a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl last year would begin on June 4.
Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, has also been indicted on other charges, including abandoning the body of Lê Thị Nhật Linh.
On March 24, 2017, Linh, a third-grade student at Mutsuni Daini Elementary School in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, went missing after she left her home to go to school. Two days later, her body was found without clothes at a site near a drainage ditch some 12km from the school.
Police believed Linh was kidnapped after leaving home at 8am.
Chiba police arrested Shibuya on April 14 on suspicion of murder after his DNA matched a DNA sample found on Linh’s belongings.
On May 26, prosecutors of Japan’s Chiba prefecture decided to prosecute Shibuya for murder.
Shibuya was the head of the parents’ association at the school which the victim used to attend. He lived some 300m away from the victim’s house. — VNS