Murder charge in Vietnamese girl case

A woman sobs after offering flowers where a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl was found dead in Abiko, near Tokyo, Friday, April 14, 2017. (Kyodo via AP photo)

Police on Friday served a fresh arrest warrant on a man already detained in relation to the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture in March, charging the suspect with murder in addition to abandoning of her body.

The suspect, Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, is continuing to refuse to speak to investigators. He was arrested last month on suspicion of leaving the girl’s body near a drainage ditch in Abiko, Chiba, according to the prefectural police.

A DNA sample taken from the victim’s body matched that of Shibuya and hair found in the suspect’s car matched the victim’s DNA, the police said.

Shibuya was the head of the parents’ association at an elementary school in Matsudo which the victim was attending at the time of her disappearance. He lives about 300 metres away from Linh’s home.

The girl is thought to have been choked to death, given marks found on her neck. The third-grader disappeared shortly after leaving her home on foot for her school on the morning of March 24. Her body was found two days later.

Friday is the last day Shibuya can be held in court-mandated detention without indicting him for the alleged abandonment of the victim’s body, the initial charge made against him when he was arrested April 14.

-The Bangkok Post

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