Yasumasa Shibuya, who allegedly killed Linh, was arrested on April 14 (Source: Asahi Shinbum)
Hung Yen (VNA) – Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio on April 14 visited the family of Le Thi Nhat Linh, a nine-year-old girl murdered in Japan’s Matsudo city, Chiba prefecture in late March, to convey apology and sympathy over Linh’s death.

At the meeting at Linh’s Vietnamese home in Tan Dan commune, Khoai Chau district in the northern province of Hung Yen, the Japanese diplomat informed Le Anh Hao, Linh’s father, that the police of Japan arrested a man who allegedly killed Linh.

He added that the Japanese side is working to clarify the case and will handle the culprit stringently in accordance with the law.

Le Anh Hao said that on the early morning of April 14, he received a phone call from Japanese police reporting that they arrested Yasumasa Shibuya, head of the parents’ association at Linh’s school.  Shibuya is also a street volunteer to watch pupils along their walking road to school.

According to Japanese police, Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, is engaging in property business and his DNA matched a sample police collected at the crime scene of Linh.

Hao said that he will fly to Japan on April 16 to coordinate with the Japanese police during the investigation of his daughter’s case.

On March 24 this year, Linh, a third-year grader in the elementary school in Matsudo, went missing after she left home in Matsudo to go to school as usual.

Two days later, she was found dead without clothes at a site near a drainage ditch which is about 10-12km from the school.

The police believed Linh was kidnapped right after leaving home at 8 am on March 24.

Besides an injury on her head and garrote marks on her necks, Linh also had an injury on her wrist and scratches on her body.-VNA