The woman who appeared in court wore a gray suit and thin green glasses. Her mouth was hidden by a white mask, and her expression was obscured. When the presiding judge asked her about the outline of the case written in the indictment, she answered in a clear tone, “Everything is correct.
“Everything is correct.
On October 1, the first trial by jury began at the Yokohama District Court in the case of the September 2004 deaths of three male and female hospitalized patients at the former Oguchi Hospital (now Yokohama Hajime Hospital, which is no longer in operation), who died one after another when disinfectant solution was mixed into their intravenous drips. The defendant, Ayumi Kuboki, 34, a former nurse, was charged with murder and other crimes. Ayumi Kuboki, 34, a former nurse, admitted to the charges and explained her motive as follows.
“I was worried that if a patient died while I was on duty, the bereaved family would blame me, so I tried to kill him after hours.
Large bubbles, like soap bubbles, can be seen at ……
Let’s go back to five years ago when the incident occurred. The trouble was discovered in an unexpected way.
“The drip is bubbling. ……
On September 20, 2007, right after the victim, an 88-year-old man, passed away. A nurse who was not the defendant noticed a strange sight. The IV bag was filled with large bubbles that looked like soap bubbles. The hospital reported the incident to the police. An investigation was launched.
“The defendant Kuboki came to the forefront of the investigation. Kuboki’s colleagues had often seen him holding a bottle of disinfectant solution as if he were hiding it during the night shift. Even though the disinfectant was used infrequently in the hospital, several bottles were found in an unused state.
During the police interrogation, Kuboki confessed to the crime. The defendant confessed to the police: “From around July of the same year, I repeatedly mixed disinfectant solution into the IV bags of hospitalized patients using a syringe.
Three men and women in their 70s and 80s died of poisoning.
“Three men and women in their seventies and eighties died of poisoning. The number of victims is likely to be much higher. The number of victims is likely to be much higher, because Kuboki also said that he injected disinfectant into about 20 patients over a period of about two months. Most of the deceased patients were cremated and no blood or other evidence was left behind. There is also no objective evidence, such as security cameras at the crime scene. In the end, only three cases of murder were prosecuted based on confessions.
As mentioned at the beginning of this report, Kuboki’s motive was “anxiety about being blamed by the bereaved family. Since obtaining her nursing license in April 2008, Ms. Kuboki has worked at several medical facilities, including the former Oguchi Hospital. However, she was traumatized when she was severely criticized by several bereaved families for her ineptitude. He took a large amount of sleeping pills and was in a depressive state, sometimes taking a leave of absence from work.
“There are some suspicious points in the defendant’s explanation. Some of the victims were able to walk and were in relatively good health. However, some of the victims were able to walk and were in relatively good health. It is unlikely that they died quickly and were in such a condition that they needed to explain to the bereaved families. It’s also bizarre that they killed three people in a short period of time,” said another reporter from a national newspaper.
The defense did not dispute the facts of the case, claiming that the defendant was suffering from schizophrenia due to the heavy mental burden at the time of the crime. The defense claims that the defendant was in no condition to make a sound judgment.
The trial is scheduled for 12 days. The verdict is scheduled to be handed down on November 9.
Photographed by： Shinji Hasuo