A 41-year old man was convicted on Friday of assault for poisoning a colleague and will be serving a sentence of 7-year in prison. Back in March, Tatsujiro Fukasawa was arrested for putting hydrofluoric acid into a woman’s shoes, not to mention stalking her, in December last year.
According to Judge Takafumi Miyamoto of the Shizuoka District Court, “This was a vicious crime because he used a chemical that can kill people.” Hydrofluoric acid is known for its corrosive properties and the victim complained of pain and later developed gangrene on her left foot as the chemical was absorbed by the victim’s skin. To prevent further absorption of hydrofluoric acid into the bloodstream as well as to abrupt the progress of her toes’ decomposition, the woman had to have her toes amputated.
Fukasawa was able to obtain the chemical at the laboratory where he and the victim worked in. Being rejected by the woman may have caused him to take revenge on her. Unfortunately, his means was brutal and inhumane. Hydrofluoric acid could even cause death if large amounts have been absorbed by the body and transported into the blood’s circulation. Fukasawa continually denied the allegations when he was caught by the police early this year.