According to the Kyodo NewsThe Japanese High Court sentenced Yasumasa Shibuya to life in prison for the crime of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl Le Thi Nhat Linh.
Previously in September 2020, the appellate court was opened to try the subject, but the final conclusion had not yet been reached. It was not until the trial of the Tokyo high court that the subject was officially sentenced to life in prison.
Yasumasa Shibuya, 49, former head of the parent group at Mutsumi Daini elementary school in Matsudo city near Tokyo, once caused public outrage for his cruel behavior that harmed Nhat Linh four years ago.
The incident happened on the morning of March 24, 2017 in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture. At that time, Nhat Linh, a 3rd grader, went missing while walking to school. After 2 days of searching, Nhat Linh was found dead in a nearby ditch.
The perpetrator of the murder of the Vietnamese girl was identified as Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, the parent president at Linh’s elementary school.
The indictment states that Shibuya arrested Nhat Linh when he saw him walking to school. Then, the perpetrator sexually assaulted, strangled and left the baby near the gutter.
Sibuya had an acquaintance with the victim when he lived only 300 meters away from her house. His son is still studying in the same class as Nhat Linh, and he himself is the president of the parent association. Shibuya also volunteered to patrol to keep students safe on the way to school.
During the investigation, Shibuya always denied the crime, making the public extremely angry. In the first-instance trial that took place in November 2021 in Chiba Prefecture, Shibuya was sentenced to life in prison.
However, the victim’s family and public opinion in both Vietnam and Japan were dissatisfied with this sentence. Mr. Le Anh Hao – the victim’s father asked for autographs to support the death sentence with Shibuya and received up to 1.34 million signatures from citizens of both countries.
Later in an interview with the media, Mr. Le Anh Hao said that during that time, Shibuya did not have an apology to the victim’s family nor showed any expression of remorse. The longer the trial lasted, the more suffering the family suffered.