He kept claiming his innocence, but that did not convince the jurors.

This Tuesday, after four hours of deliberation, the Chilean Nicolas Zepeda was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of his former Japanese girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki by the Doubs Assize Court.

The 21-year-old young woman, who arrived in Besançon in the summer of 2016 for a year of study after breaking up with Nicolas Zepeda, has not given any sign of life since the night of December 4 to 5, 2016 that she had spent with her ex-boyfriend.

His body has never been found.

“I am not who I would like, but I am not an assassin”

Suspicion quickly fell on the Chilean, now 31, who was extradited in July 2020 for trial.

The latter disputed until the end to have killed Narumi Kurosaki.

“I am not who I would like, but I am not an assassin, I am not the assassin of Narumi”, he declared in particular in French, this Tuesday during his last speech.

On Monday, Advocate General Etienne Manteaux had requested life imprisonment against him.


Disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki: Nicolas Zepeda, her ex-boyfriend and suspect, indicted for murder


Disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki: Life imprisonment required for Nicolas Zepeda

  • Besancon

  • Assassination

  • Disappearance

  • Justice

  • Franche-Comte