Tokyo court convicts man for raping 12-year-old daughter, overturning previous ruling
tokyoreporter.com -- Dec 22
A court here has overturned a previous ruling and handed a man living in Shizuoka Prefecture a prison term for the rape of his daughter, reports NHK.

At the Tokyo High Court on Monday, presiding judge Hiroko Kondo said “the victim’s testimony is highly credible” in handing the man, who was not named, a prison term of 7 years.

“The physical and mental suffering of the victim is beyond imagination and serious,” the judge said. “With the defendant not reflecting upon his actions, his criminal liability is quite heavy.”

In 2017, the Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka District Court found the man innocent of rape and violating the anti-child prostitution and pornography law.

During that trial, the girl testified that she was sexually assaulted by her father over a two-year period beginning when she was 12 years old.

The presiding judge found it “unnatural” that no other members of the family noticed the sexual abuse. “Her testimony is not to be trusted,” the judge said.

In handing down the second ruling, judge Kondo said that while the testimony of the girl is “traumatic” its “specific nature” could only be possible if she were a victim. “The judgment in the first trial is unreliable and unreasonable,” the judge concluded in overturning the previous ruling.

The initial innocent ruling was one of several cases — including another innocent verdict handed to a man in Aichi Prefecture who was also accused of raping his daughter — that sparked last year’s start of nationwide “Flower Demo” protests, which aimed to sexual violence and injurtice against women.

The rallies ended this past March 8. “Today marked an end of a chapter of the [movement], but it is not the end,” said Minori Kitahara, 49, an author and one of the organizers of the demonstration in front of Tokyo Station, according to Asahi Shimbun “Now, it’s society’s turn to change.”

娘に性的暴行をした罪などに問われ、一審で無罪判決を受けた男の控訴審で、東京高裁は21日、男に懲役7年の逆転有罪判決を言い渡しました。 被告の男は2017年に県内の自宅で、当時12歳の長女に性的暴行をした罪などで起訴されました。静岡地裁は去年、「被害者の証言は信用できず、的確な証拠もない」として、性的暴行について無罪としました。  21日の控訴審判決で、東京高裁は「被害者の証言には高い信用性が認められる」「一審は証拠の評価を誤り、不合理な認定をした」として、一審の無罪判決を破棄しました。その上で 「卑劣で悪質な犯行で常習性も認められる」などと指摘し、男に懲役7年の逆転有罪判決を言い渡しました。
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