“My name is Ayumi Kuboki. My name is Ayumi Kuboki, and I was born on January 7, 1987. All the details of the indictment are correct.
On October 1, in courtroom 101 of the Yokohama District Court. On October 1, in courtroom 101 at the Yokohama District Court, the defendant, Ayumi Kuboki, 34, with her waist-length hair tied back and wearing thin glasses, spoke. This was the moment when the “black nurse” admitted to all her crimes.
Between July and September 2004, 48 patients died suspiciously at the Oguchi Hospital (renamed the Yokohama Hajime Hospital in 2005) in Yokohama City. The defendant, Kuboki, who was working as a nurse at the hospital at the time, had mixed the disinfectant “Diamitol” into the IVs of patients.
“She was indicted on suspicion of murdering three patients in their 70s and 80s, and has admitted to all the facts. He has admitted to all the facts of the case. The defense is seeking a reduced sentence, claiming that the defendant was in a state of mental exhaustion due to schizophrenia at the time of the crime.
In the courtroom, Kuboki was staring ahead with his hands on his knees. He only nodded slightly from time to time as he looked at the documents presented by his lawyer. His expression did not change throughout the entire time.
Five years have passed since the incident took place, and the scene has changed dramatically. The Oguchi Hospital has remained “closed” since August 2007, as “patients no longer come to the hospital because they are afraid of the incident,” according to a neighboring resident. When I visited Kuboki’s parents’ apartment in Kanagawa Prefecture, which was packed with reporters at the time of the incident, I found it empty. A resident of the same apartment said.
A resident of the same apartment said, “It seems he left a little while after he was arrested. There was no special greeting for moving out, but there was a detergent and a letter saying ‘I apologize for the inconvenience’ inserted in the door of our apartment.
Yoji Ochiai, a former lawyer in the Public Security Bureau of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, said.
“There is no possibility that he will be sentenced to life imprisonment if it is confirmed that he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the crime. However, it was not a one-time incident, and there are three counts of murder alone that have been prosecuted. I think it is extremely likely that he will be sentenced to death.”
The verdict will be handed down on November 9.
FRIDAY, October 22-29, 2021
Photo： Shinji Hamasaki (hospital) Shinji Hasuo (defendant Kuboki)