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The case of the killer nurse Daisuke Mori
Daisuke Mori, a male nurse at the Hokuriku Clinic in Miyagi Prefecture, was convicted on March 30 of one murder and four cases of attempted murder, and sentenced to life in prison.
Mori was accused of putting muscle relaxation medicine into the patients' intravenous drips. However, Yuri Yamashita, Mori's girlfriend who worked for the same clinic and attended 155 court hearings during the trial, said, "Suspicion against Daisuke originated from the fact that 10 muscle relaxation medicines out of 20 disappeared. However, there was no proof that only Daisuke could have stolen them. Many other employees had the opportunity.
"Investigators testified that it took only two to three minutes for Daisuke to confess to the crimes he committed and the judge supported it. However, when Daisuke and I were taken to the police voluntarily, it was 8 a.m. and Daisuke was arrested officially at 3:24 p.m. It is obvious that Daisuke did not confess to the crimes until at least 3 p.m. I just do not understand why the judge supported the prosecution's allegation."
Prof Takeshi Tsuchimoto, a former Supreme Court prosecutor, said, "The court interviewed an eyewitness in the first two cases and based on that testimony, the court investigated Daisuke Mori," said Tsuchimoto who supported the court decision.
On the other hand, Kenzo Akiyama, former Tokyo High Court judge, said, "There is no evidence determining the amount of muscle relaxation medicine used in the murder. The document containing Mori's confession had been prepared before he met his lawyer. Also, there is no evidence to indicate Mori's motivation for the crimes."
Mori's lawyers have filed an appeal with a higher court. The next hearing at Sendai High Court will be a real battle between the two sides.
April 6, 2004