Judge confirms scene in Osaki case, 93-year-old woman appeals for fourth retrial

Judge confirms scene in Osaki case 93-year-old woman’s fourth retrial appeal October 12 22:42

For 41 years ago, in the so-called “Osaki Incident” in Osaki-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture, a judge visited the site to confirm the situation that the woman claimed about the fourth retrial of a 93-year-old woman who has pleaded innocent even after serving time for murder and other crimes.
Ayako Haraguchi, 93, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering her brother-in-law in Osaki-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture in 1979 41 years ago, but has consistently pleaded her innocence.

In the third request for a retrial, the Supreme Court made an unusual decision last year that overturned the district court’s and high court’s decision not to allow a retrial, and in March the lawyers filed their fourth appeal for a retrial.

As the hearing continued in Kagoshima District Court, a judge, a prosecutor, and his lawyers visited the scene privately on the 12th.

According to the lawyers, at the scene, the situation in line with the defense’s claim that it was a bicycle accident rather than a murder case was reproduced, and the man who played the role of brother-in-law who fell into the gutter was carried to the place where his home was.

According to the lawyers, it will be the first time in 24 years since 1996 at the time of the first retrial request that the judge directly check the situation at the scene.

Atsumi Shibata, executive director of the defense team, said, “It’s a good thing to see, and I think that’s what was transmitted to the courts. I feel it’s the biggest response I can do to save Ayako.”