Prosecution seeks 5-year prison term for Chiba medical student in gang-rape of intoxicated woman

Kensuke Yamada, 23 (TV Asahi)
Kensuke Yamada, 23 (TV Asahi)

CHIBA (TR) – The prosecution in the alleged gang-rape of an intoxicated woman in a restaurant bathroom last year indicated on Monday that it is seeking a five-year prison term for a medical student accused in the case, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 29).

Kensuke Yamada, 23, from the Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, is accused of colluding with Masaya Yoshimoto, 23, another student at the school, in the gang-rape of the woman, aged in her 20s, in the toilet of a restaurant in Chuo Ward in Chiba City on September 20, 2016.

Yamada denied that he had plotted the gang rape with Yoshimoto.

Prosecutors told the Chiba District Court that Yamada “and Yoshimoto forced the woman into the bathroom as they made it seem like they were going to help the victim, who was in a condition where she couldn’t even stand.”

“Not only did the defendant hardly consider the pain in the victim’s heart, but he was extremely despicable, persistent and endlessly cruel,” the prosecution added.

Police also arrested Mineto Masuda, 23, another student from the school, in the case. After the alleged crime, Masuda took the victim back to his residence and raped her again.

According to a previous report, Masuda told police he did not call an ambulance after the woman began vomiting because the case “would be leaked to the school,” the suspect was quoted as saying.

Yuji Fujisaka, a 30-year-old former medical intern at the same school, also faces charges of quasi-indecent assault. According to the Nikkei Shimbun (Mar. 23), the prosecution is seeking a two-year prison term for the defendant.

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