The first time I saw the defendant was in the fall of 2007, when I was in the second year of junior high school, on the platform of JR Minami-Koshigaya Station, and from there he started molesting me on the train to school. In junior high school, I was molested almost every day.”
On November 24, at the Saitama District Court, the courtroom fell silent as if it had been hit by water when the female victim gave her testimony.
The “accused” is Kensuke Hashimoto, 41, who was arrested on June 25. Hashimoto was arrested on suspicion of molesting and stalking a woman in her twenties, and his trial is now being held in secret. In the courtroom, the horrific fact that he had been molesting and stalking the same woman for 14 years was revealed.
When I was in junior high school, it was almost every day. In junior high school it was almost every day, and in high school it was about three or four times a week. In junior high school, it was almost every day. When I was in junior high school, which was the worst time, he would sometimes put his hands inside my skirt and underwear.
The number of times the victim was molested decreased to a few times a year while she was attending university, but as she entered the workforce, she was again persistently followed. In addition to being molested on the train, he was also ambushed at the station and filmed with a smartphone.
Hashimoto grew up in a housing complex in Saitama Prefecture and went to a local junior high school. People around him say that he is “quiet” and “not memorable.
He was a quiet child who would listen to whatever his parents told him. I had the impression that she was a little strange, and in junior high school she was a member of the brass band, but I don’t think she was a member. In junior high school, he joined the brass band, but he was not a member. His classmates wondered what he was doing there.
After high school, he went to an integrated junior and senior high school in Tochigi Prefecture. After high school, he went to an integrated junior and senior high school in Tochigi Prefecture, and worked at a remodeling company in Saitama Prefecture until he was arrested.
The victim said she was “at the end of her patience” after 14 years of being followed. Around May of this year, the frequency of the stalking increased and the behavior escalated. So, in June this year, she caught Hashimoto and turned him in to the police.
Hashimoto told the police, “I wanted to get along with her. Hashimoto will be questioned by the police on December 17, the next date of the trial. What will the “stalker man” say?
From “FRIDAY” December 24, 2021 issue
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo