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Former nursing assistant begins retrial "not killing patient" acquittal claim


Seventeen years ago, a woman in a hospital in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture was found guilty ...

Former nursing assistant begins retrial "not killing patient" innocence claim Feb. 3 16:08

Seventeen years ago, the Otsu District Court began a re-trial in the Otsu District Court, claiming that a guilty sentence for a woman who had been sentenced to murder was wrong after a patient died at a hospital in Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture. The woman reaffirmed her innocence, saying, "I am not killing the patient."

Mika Nishiyama (40), a nursing assistant at Koto Memorial Hospital in Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for serving a 72-year-old male patient after removing the respirator in 2003. Did.

Nishiyama complained of innocence and called for a re-trial, and the court ruled that the definitive verdict of guilty on the grounds of an investigational confession was erroneous because the patient may have died, and a retrial was reached.

The redo trial started at 1.30 pm in the Otsu District Court on March 3, and Nishiyama again asserted acquittal, stating that he had not killed the patient.

The prosecutor did not make any new proof of guilty, but only stated, "We will seek the courts' proper judgment."

The defense criticized that the patient was sick and Nishiyama was confessed and turned into a murderer. Prosecutors should apologize and seek acquittal.

In the trial, Mr. Nishiyama will be asked a question afterwards, and he will pay attention to how he speaks in court.

Nishiyama answers "I am nervous" and enters the court

Nishiyama joined the Otsu District Court before 1 pm with a member of the defense team.

The supporters applauded and went to court with a banner stating, "I'm convinced of a day early."

Nishiyama occasionally smiled, but when asked by the press about his current feelings, he said, "I am nervous."

Source: nhk

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