Story By: Aloysius Fernandes, Sub-Editor: Francis George, Agency: AsiaWire
A judge has jailed a Tokyo manager who claimed being drunk diminished his guilt for kicking a pretty teenage mum to death saying the killer had shown his true personality.
Eijiro Ito, 32, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years for after he repeatedly kicked Ryona Majima, 19, in the head and body for about 40 minutes, Tokyo District Court was told.
Miss Majima, who suffered a blood clot in her brain, died in hospital six days later. She was the single mother of a four-year-old daughter and worked as a hostess in the club.
Ito, a regular at a kick-boxing gym, had got involved in an argument with the petite teenager after arriving at the club, in the Shimbashi area of Tokyo, with friends.
Another employee of the club said he dragged her into a back room before delivering a vicious beating.
Lawyers acting for Ito, who was charged with manslaughter, said that he was drunk and not responsible for his actions.
But Judge Kazunori Karei was not convinced and ruled the assault had been a “manifestation of his natural personality and mind”.
He told Ito to think about what he had done, as the defendant stood in the dock, stone-faced, replying only: “Yes.”
Judge Karei added: “The victim has a young child. It is natural that her family is seeking a strict punishment.”
Tokyo’s notorious hostess bars are where rich businessman pay for the supposedly platonic company of much younger women.