Nepalese Restauranteur Beaten to Death in Osaka: Young Japanese Struck Him At Least 40 Times and Ran Over Him with Bicycle

Nepalese Restauranteur Beaten to Death in Osaka: Young Japanese Struck Him At Least 40 Times and Ran Over Him with Bicycle
Yomiuri Shimbun: 殴る蹴る40回、自転車も…ネパール男性暴行死
February 5, 2012

This newspaper has learned details of the police investigation into the fatal assault of the Nepalese restaurant proprietor Mr. Bishnu Prasad Dhamala (age 42), for which Daiki Shiraishi (age 21) and three others [Miyoko Shiraishi, Hiroaki Ie, and Kuniko Tsukamoto] have been arrested.

Mr. Dhamala’s attackers struck him at least 40 times, mainly to the head and face. When they realized he was getting away despite being on the brink of death, they renewed their assault, punching and kicking him all over again.

Among the four suspects, three (including the Shiraishis) deny having the intent to kill while the other denies being involved in the incident at all. The police department, however, thinks they at least had willful negligence; that is, they didn’t care if he died. On Monday the 6th, the Prosecutor’s Office will decide whether or not to bring murder charges against the two men and two women, who are nearing the end of the time period they are allowed to be held without charges.

According to investigators, Daiki Shiraishi and Hiroaki Ie (21) coincidentally crossed paths with Mr. Dhamala and two of his male Nepalese employees before dawn on January 16 and assaulted them. Mr. Dhamala ran away, but the four caught up with him 80 meters down the road to the southeast and threw him to the ground.

What happened next was captured by a nearby parking lot security camera. The four struck him about 40 times over a minute and a half: they kicked his head, jumped on his body, and even rode a bicycle over his torso three times.

After that, Mr. Dhamala staggered away. The four were going to leave, but when they realized Mr. Dhamala’s employees were returning, they attacked him again. Mr. Dhamala died from sudden brain swelling caused by external pressure on the skull.

Translator’s Note: For more information about Mr. Dhalama, see the January 30 Mainichi Daily News report.

Dhamala Killing
The Killing of a Nepalese Restaurant Owner
The dotted line represents Mr. Dhamala’s movement; the solid line represents the suspects’.
Follow the direction of the arrows. The gray box southeast of Event 1 is a convenience store. The Kintetsu Osaka Abeno Bridge Rail Station is north of Event 2. The security camera is from the building directly east of Event 2.
Source: Osaka Prefectural Police Report
1. The suspects begin to pursue Mr. Dhamala.
2. Mr. Dhamala is caught and beaten about 40 times.
3. He is beaten again.
4. The suspects assault three other men.

Original/原稿:
殴る蹴る40回、自転車も…ネパール男性暴行死

大阪市阿倍野区の路上でネパール人の飲食店経営ビシュヌ・プラサド・ダマラさん(42)が暴行されて死亡した事件で、殺人容疑で逮捕された白石大樹容疑者(21)らによる犯行状況の詳細が、大阪府警の調べなどでわかった。

 頭や顔を中心に加えた暴行は少なくとも40回以上。瀕死(ひんし)の傷を負いながら、なお逃げようとするダマラさんに気づき、改めて殴ったり蹴ったりするなど、執拗(しつよう)に暴行を重ねていた。

 逮捕された男女4人のうち、白石容疑者ら3人は殺意を否認し、1人は暴行への関与自体を否定。これに対し府警は、白石容疑者らには少なくとも「死ぬかもしれないが、それでも構わない」との「未必の殺意」があったとみている。大阪地検は6日、勾留期限を迎える白石容疑者ら男女2人について、殺人罪に問えるか否かを判断する。

 捜査関係者によると、白石、伊江弘昌(21)両容疑者らは1月16日未明、偶然通りかかったダマラさんと、ネパール人の男性従業員2人を襲撃。逃げるダマラさんを約80メートル南東の路上で捕まえ、引きずり倒した。

 この際の様子は、付近の駐車場の防犯カメラがとらえていた。映像には、白石容疑者らが約1分半の間に約40回、ダマラさんの頭を蹴ったり跳び上がって体を踏みつけたりして暴行する様子が映っており、上半身をめがけて自転車を3回たたきつける場面もあった。

 ダマラさんはその後、よろめきながらも逃げ、白石容疑者らもいったん、その場を離れようとしたが、従業員がダマラさんの所に戻ってきたことに気付き、引き返して再び暴行。ダマラさんは、脳が急激に腫れて頭蓋骨に圧迫される外傷性急性脳腫脹(しゅちょう)で死亡した。

(2012年2月5日08時49分 読売新聞)

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