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10:23 am - 11/10/2012

Stalker learned victim's married name, address during police questioning


A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in Japan learned her new married name and the area where she lived from police officers who arrested him for stalking her, media reported Friday.

Hideto Kozutsumi was arrested in Kanagawa Prefecture last year on charges of stalking and harassing Rie Miyoshi after he repeatedly threatened to kill her in a series of emails following the pair’s split.

Kozutsumi could only email because Miyoshi had married another man, taking his name, and moved to a different city.

Police arrested Kozutsumi for the harassment—reading out an arrest warrant that included his former girlfriend’s new name and partial address.

He received a suspended sentence and began pursuing her again by email, but without making threats, reports said.

Police say that Kozutsumi then started posting on an online message board, asking for information about Miyoshi’s husband, saying he was a friend who wanted to keep in touch. Police believe this is how he was able to find Miyoshi.

Miyoshi asked police to re-arrest Kozutsumi, but officers said there was nothing they could do because harassment by email is not a crime and because the wording did not contain any threats, referring to a “breach of contract,” instead.

Repeatedly sending faxes or harassing by constant telephone calls, however, is an offense, police noted.

Kozutsumi found Miyoshi and stabbed her to death before hanging himself at her apartment in Zushi last Tuesday.

Broadcaster TBS quoted a police official saying that reading out the arrest warrant was required under the law but that “in retrospect, measures could have been taken not to disclose her details.”

© 2012 AFP
Cr : Japan Today

sobaek 10th-Nov-2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
needs a law change, external investigation, the officers involved to be tried for the part they played in her death etc.
phililen3 10th-Nov-2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
And they will continue to not take stalking seriously....

and then again, that applies to most countries...

Edited at 2012-11-10 02:12 pm (UTC)
45s 10th-Nov-2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
criyu 10th-Nov-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
almost most of the country don't take stalking seriously... it's really bad
burger 10th-Nov-2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Constantly sending weird/unwanted emails is definitely as damaging as receiving phone calls or faxes, especially if that person had previously stalked you! The whole business of dealing with stalking needs a big overhaul.
raatkerani 10th-Nov-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
they should change the law about sending harassment e-mails.
it's as disturbing as calls and faxes.
eevaleena 10th-Nov-2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
What bothering most is, how could an officer leak the detail? Okay, maybe I don't really understand how this works but... isn't it STUPID to reveal the detail to a stalker? I mean, A STALKER? Gosh. btw, just wondering. Is there a law that the arrest officer needs to said it? I mean the whole names and adress thing? Somehow that sounds so wrong.
inachan89 10th-Nov-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's like police have to wait until he/she physically attack her/him before making a move,doing nothing to prevent it,and it looks like this kind of attitude involve the most of countries...
lolufailhard 10th-Nov-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
some people are just sick and selfish. and wtf.... the law enforcement, who is supposed to protect her, ends up giving out her information to THE VERY SAME stalker who is after her? I cannot. I just can't. poor girl :'(
breathless31 10th-Nov-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
why does it say that he stabbed her to death in the beginning though?

anyways, poor girl.
wheresthepaper 10th-Nov-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
This story was first reported on....I think a week or two ago? I forget. This is a follow-up story with extra information. So they are telling people that this article/report references an earlier article/report that came out previously. I hope I explained that well enough.

Yeah, really! I'm both surprised, and not surprised, that the police did this. I'm sure the same can be said of any country's police forces, but it's really the luck of the draw in this country: you either get horrible officers who seem more intent on making whatever your problem is worse or not doing crap to fix the problem.....or you get some really awesome officers who are super helpful.
spangleayee 10th-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately stalking isn't taken seriously in most countries.

My sister tried to get help from the police when her ex was threatening her via text and that and she was simply told that they couldn't do anything until he actually made a move. Which he did, he broke into her home. It's just lucky she wasn't home at the time; I'm not sure what he was planning on doing if she had been.

I don't really understand how they can go along on "Can't do anything until something happens" ... so you need to wait until the person gets hurt or killed before taking action? Sound right.
coccinity 10th-Nov-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
1. stalking isn't taken seriously as other crimes
2. there needs to be a rewrite of that law since emails are FAR more common than calls or FAXES (seriously, what era do you live in?)
3. those policemen seriously did a dumbshit thing by revealing her address to her KNOWN stalker.

so much screw up everywhere :( the woman is DEAD, officers. there's no "in retrospect" for her.
rim1789 10th-Nov-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Poor woman DDD8 This is horrifying

I wish stalking was taken as a serious crime, in most countries it isn't AT ALL.

UGH Also, Japan criminal law procedure is also VERY revolting.
nuizzz 10th-Nov-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
If I were her family I will then sue and reveal those policemen name on the internet ;( so silly and irresponsible of them.
Poor girl. She suppose to start her new life. That stalker is such... Sad for both her family and her new husband.
nikkimattei 10th-Nov-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
hmmm...that is so super sad. I can't understand why they couldn't arrest him. Didn't she request a restraining order? That means so contact what so ever, EVER! This is just too sad.
sekaijuuni 11th-Nov-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I can't believe how incredibly irresponsible that is. Those officers have her blood on their hands. How can they have been so inept?
johnnypenn 11th-Nov-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
This is so sad. however, It's a problem all over. Even in the US the law can't do anything for victims being stalked and this leads to victims deaths unless they take measures against their stalker. My heart goes out to this family. i hope they can have a cherry Christmas despite this.
And - though it may be required by law, I wouldn't have given the married name or the address seeing as how I am arresting someone for stalking. The point of moving away is so that those sorts of people can't find out where you live. This could have been avoided.
rainbow_yarn 11th-Nov-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
“In retrospect," you could have done better to NOT fuck this up. I can't believe this.
stole_away 11th-Nov-2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
wth... poor woman, RIP :(
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