A Romanian minor charged with murdering a Japanese woman in western Tokyo admitted to the crime but said that it was not his intent to kill her. The 18-year old was held responsible for the death of 22-year old Arisa Yamada, who was robbed of 10,000 yen and stabbed fatally while walking along a street in Musashino on Feb. 28, 2013.
The defendant appeared in his first hearing last Wednesday at the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court. While he admitted to the crime, he denied that he set out to kill the victim and added he committed the crime “to earn pocket money to play around with.” But prosecutors noted that the accused used a sharp-edged knife to stab the victim, showing his intention to kill. However, the defendant’s lawyer countered the accusations saying that his client committed the robbery because he was “motivated by the need to rent an apartment as he could not secure a place to live at home.”
The man’s accomplice, a 19-year old Japanese man, also maintained that the two did not intend to kill the woman, just to rob her. He also argued that it was the Romanian who masterminded the crime and was the main culprit. The accomplice was sentenced to life imprisonment in his initial trial with a district court.