It cannot be called love, because love may cause heartache but it will never cause you harm. Thirty-three year old Rie Miyoshi learnt her lesson in love the hard way, when her ex-boyfriend, forty-year-old Hideto Kozutsumi began stalking her. Despite complains to the police, Kozutsumi did not heed to warnings was even arrested on one occasion.
The couple dated between 2004 and 2006, and Kozutsumi began his harassment in 2010. Miyoshi registered her complaint with the police and Kozutsumi was arrested in June 2011 for breaking an anti-stalking law. However he received a suspended sentence, leaving him free to haunt Miyoshi. When Miyoshi eventually settled down into marriage with another man, Kozutsumi’s harassment took a turn for the worse.
Apparently at the time of Kozutsumi’s arrest, a police officer had read-aloud an arrest warrant containing Miyoshi’s post-marriage name. He even announced a part of her new address in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture. Soon after this incident there were posts on online message boards trying to help locate the address of Miyoshi’s husband. Police feel that Kozutsumi may have used the snippet of information he heard at the time of the arrest to help gain information on Miyoshi, even if it were online.
Soon he bombarded Miyoshi with accusatory emails, claiming that she breached their “contract”. Although Miyoshi again complained to the police, no action was taken because the contents of the email were not incriminatory enough. This took place in April this year and unabashed, Kozutsumi kept harassing Miyoshi. Eventually Kozutsumi broke into Miyoshi’s apartment and stabbed her to death, before hanging himself from the balcony of the 2nd-story apartment. The police later discovered the 1,000 emails sent from Kozutsumi over the course of two weeks in Miyoshi’s cellphone.
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