Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Clues to Asami's killer revealed

Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya

JAPANESE murder victim, Asami Nagakiya was strangled by a left hander and during the last minutes of her life she was bitten by her attacker who had bad teeth.

This was the conclusion drawn yesterday by Dr Valery Alexandrov during a lecture at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus where he spoke to students and tried to convince them to pursue forensic pathology as a career.

The lecture was facilitated by the Education Ministry and the The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST).

The theatre was packed as Dr Alexandrov showed graphic photos and cases he had investigated in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Alexandrov said he had to adjust to some cultural aspects of this country as a significant portion of the population cremated its dead.

The body of 31-year-old Nagakiya was found on Ash Wednesday 2016,  under a tree in the Queen's Park Savannah.

She was wearing the Legacy costume that she played in on Carnival Tuesday.

There were injuries to her head, arms and legs, suggesting a struggle, and bite marks on her lips and cheeks.

Nagakiya's body was taken back to Japan and cremated. Her case remains unsolved and police claim it is still being investigated.

Alexandrov also chided lawyers who he said tended to save their clients from being convicted of murder by dragging out the cases and turning them into manslaughter cases by sometimes criminalising the victims.

He said: “The purpose of forensic pathology is to indicate the particulars of a case so as not to convert from murder to manslaughter.”

He cited an example of someone who shoots another person at close range or the torture of people before they are killed.

He said that the killer/s intent is solidified by the science of pathology so even if a defence attorneys says, “self defence,” a gunshot at close range or torture before death means that the killer was not defending him/herself and his or her intent was to murder.