Prosecutors say Yasumasa Shibuya committed a “cold-blooded, heinous and cruel” crime

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a Japanese man who killed a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl.

As reported by Vietnam Plus, prosecutors in Japan are demanding the death penalty for Yasumasa Shibuya – a Japanese man who murdered a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl.

On 24 March 2017, third grader Le Thi Nhat Linh went missing after leaving her home in Matsudo town. Two days later, her body was found in Abiko, Chiba. Linh was found with marks on her neck.

Shibuya, 47, was arrested on 14 April 2017 and charged with murder and the abandonment of the victim’s body. Shibuya’s DNA was found on Linh’s body.

Living only 300 meters away from Linh’s home, Shibuya was also the head of he parents’ association at the suspect’s elementary school.

Today marked the final day of the final-instance trial where prosecutors said that Shibuya committed a “cold-blooded, heinous and cruel” crime and demanded the death penalty for him.

Defence lawyers say that Shibuya is innocent, claiming that there is not enough evidence to prosecute him.