The defendant, who had been in a double relationship to begin with, was responsible for the crime, and his motive for committing the crime was extremely selfish and self-centered,” said the presiding judge.
The presiding judge thus condemned the defendant’s crime.
On November 28, the Nagoya District Court (Judge Fumihiro Hiragi) sentenced Nobuyuki Koda, 40, an unemployed man from Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture, to 16 years in prison for murder and abandoning a corpse. In November last year, he allegedly murdered Choi Sui, then 49, a Korean national who lived with him in an apartment in Hashima City, Gifu Prefecture, and dumped her body in the Port of Nagoya. Koda admitted to the charges against him.
Koda and Choi began living together around December 2007, and had been living together for about two years. However, Koda had been seeing another woman. On the day of the incident, Mr. Koda saw a message on Mr. Choi’s line that revealed that he was seeing another woman.
He questioned Mr. Choi about the contents of the line, and was furious, saying, “I’m going to kill (another woman)! and he became furious. Koda feared that the woman would find out that he and Choi were living together, so he committed the crime. He strangled Ms. Choi with both hands for about four minutes, killing her. He is said to have thrown her body into the sea from a quay in Nagoya’s Minato Ward,” said a reporter from the society section of a national newspaper.
I want to enjoy my second life.
At the trial, the prosecution stated, “He strangled her with all his strength, and the crime was malicious and based on a strong intent to kill,” and sought 18 years in prison. The defense, on the other hand, argued that the crime was spontaneous and the intent to kill was not strong enough. The defense, on the other hand, argued that the crime was committed suddenly and the intent to kill was not strong enough to warrant an eight-year sentence.
The court took issue with Koda’s unbelievable words and actions after the murder. About a week after killing Ms. Choi, he booked tickets to Disneyland (Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture). He proposed to a woman he was in a double relationship with, saying, ‘Let’s have fun in our second life. Let’s make your second life enjoyable.
In response to Koda’s appalling behavior, Judge Heijo noted, “He acted as if he did not care, let alone feel remorse, and showed no sense of guilt for the murder or any sense of condolence (to the murderer, Choi). He reached the verdict as stated at the beginning of this article. Former Kanagawa Prefectural Police detective and crime journalist Taihei Ogawa said.
He strangled the victim for four minutes. It is natural to assume that he had strong intent to kill since he strangled the victim for four minutes. The fact that he dumped the body in the sea is thought to have been done to destroy evidence. Considering that the motive for the murder was fear that her boyfriend would find out that she was living with him, even if the murder was not premeditated, it was a very malicious act.
The behavior of proposing marriage immediately after the murder is also unusual. The defendant shows little remorse or regret for the incident, and it would not be surprising if he is sentenced to 18 years in prison as requested.
This is an extremely selfish act by a man who was in a two-timing relationship. There is no doubt that he will receive a heavy sentence.
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