Man indicted for 2005 murder of 7-yr-old girl

Man indicted for 2005 murder of 7-yr-old girl
Takuya Katsumata of Kanuma in the prefecture has admitted to murdering Yuki Yoshida, 7, in then Imaichi in December 2005.

UTSUNOMIYA - The Utsunomiya District Public Prosecutors Office has indicted a 32-year-old man for the murder of a primary school girl who was abducted in what is now Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, in 2005.

Takuya Katsumata of Kanuma in the prefecture has admitted to murdering Yuki Yoshida, 7, in then Imaichi in December 2005. Material evidence such as the murder weapon is lacking, but the prosecutors office specified where and when Yoshida was murdered based on Katsumata's statements and by accumulating circumstantial evidence such as footage from a security video camera that corroborates his statements.

Prosecutors plan to submit new evidence at trial to prove that Katsumata's statement that he used a stun gun on Yoshida was consistent with the state of Yoshida's body.

According to the indictment filed Tuesday, Katsumata stabbed Yoshida several times in the chest with a knife on a forest road in Hitachi-Omiya, Ibaraki Prefecture, with the intent to kill at about 4 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2005, resulting in her death from blood loss.

The statutes of limitations for charges other than murder, such as abandoning a corpse, have already passed.

After the indictment, a lawyer for Katsumata said to The Yomiuri Shimbun, "I have nothing to tell you."

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