Japan begins trial of Vietnamese girl’s murder
Japan's Chiba District Court on Monday commenced the trial of a man accused of murdering a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl last year.
Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, was arrested in 2017 and charged with murder and abandonment of the victim's body, after test results showed that DNA taken from Shibuya matched those of samples found on the victim's body. Le Thi Nhat Linh, a third-grader living in Matsudo town, is thought to have been choked to death, based on marks found on her neck. At the court, Shibuya rejected all accusations.
Shibuya was head of the parents' association at the elementary school in Matsudo which the victim attended. He lives about 300 metres from the victim's home.