I have nothing to say.
The first trial of the jury trial was held on August 22 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 201 of the Osaka District Court. At her arraignment, Akemi Adachi, 48, was accused of murdering her father and brother.
Her voice was so quiet that the presiding judge asked her again, “I have nothing to say.
Did you say you have nothing to say?
The defendant nodded, and the presiding judge asked again, “Are you silent?
Are you silent?
Adachi answered again, but louder.
I have nothing to say.
The defense attorney, who stood up, also took a defensive stance, saying, “I’m going to fight everything.
Just before his arrest, when he was pleading his innocence in a press interview, Adachi had long brown hair, a slender figure, and was dressed in conservative fashion. At her first trial, she appeared through the door at the back of the courtroom wearing a white shirt and black pants, with her long hair tied back in a single bun. His plump figure and black hair, which had grown long and grayish, made us feel the length of time that had passed in the past four years.
Adachi is charged with two counts of murder against his father and brother, slander against his sister-in-law and acquaintances, and destruction of property.
The incidents occurred in Sakai City, Osaka, in ’18. According to the indictment, Adachi, a former president of a plumbing company, administered insulin to his father Tomio, 67, who was suffering from diabetes and lung cancer, at the family home in the city in January. Tomio recovered after the treatment, but was soon given large doses of insulin again. As a result, Tomio fell into a coma caused by hypoglycemic encephalopathy and died in June.
In March of the same year, he allegedly forced his younger brother Masamitsu (40) to take sleeping pills at the family home, carried him into the bathroom, and burned charcoal briquettes, causing his death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In addition, in April of the same year, he is alleged to have tucked a document defaming his sister-in-law, Masamitsu’s wife and acquaintances, into the wiper of a neighbor’s car, and to have sprayed paint on a light car and power-assisted bicycle belonging to his sister-in-law.
Adachi, who said nothing in court about the facts of the indictment, was arrested in a series of incidents that led to his arrest after he was found suspicious about the circumstances of his brother Seikou’s death.
When questioned by the police, he continued to insist, “There is no doubt that my brother committed suicide. Adachi had insisted during the police interrogation that “there is no doubt that my brother committed suicide, and he left a suicide note. However, the same ingredients were found in Seikou-san’s body as the sleeping pills that had been prescribed to Adachi. It was also discovered that a text purported to be a suicide note written by Seikou was created on the defendant’s computer, leading the prosecutors to decide to prosecute.
The defense, on the other hand, said, “There is no doubt that the prosecution will be seeking a sentence based on the two murders,” and that the prosecution must be considering the death penalty as well, adding, “We cannot convict unless we are sure. The trial is expected to be held 22 times until the verdict in November.
At the first trial, the court continued its investigation into the cause of Tomio’s death. In their opening statement, the prosecution stated, “If the defendant had not committed the crime, Tomio would not have died in June. Tomio, who had been suffering from cancer, still had six months to a year to live, but his progressively debilitating condition hastened his death.” The defense argued that the insulin administration hastened his death, saying only that “it was the cancer and its metastasis that caused his death. He claimed that he died.
Appearing as a witness to testify to Tomio’s medical condition at the time was Adachi’s own mother. She was also a family member of the victim and showed her complicated feelings.
It was painful to think of the consequences my testimony would have on the families of both Akemi and Seikou,” she said.
The witness stand was surrounded by a wall so that the audience could not see the mother’s expression, but she continued to speak slowly throughout the session, perhaps remembering what she had done at the time. Adachi blinked often and held the corner of his eye with a tissue. The defendant, who had rarely spoken about the facts of the indictment, revealed his emotions. Was it grief over the loss of his family or lamentation over the absurdity of being detained for four years despite his innocence?
If the defendant Adachi, who falsely claims to be innocent, really had nothing to do with the case, it would not be surprising if the existence of the real culprit who committed the series of crimes emerged during the course of the investigation. On the other hand, as the saying goes, “Suspicion goes unpunished,” and a criminal trial cannot convict a defendant simply because he or she is “suspicious.
Will she ever tell the reason for her tears at trial?
From the September 9, 2022 issue of FRIDAY
Interview and text by： Yuki Takahashi PHOTO： Kyodo News (at the time of sending the case)