Man pleads not guilty to murder of beautician in 2016

A 40-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the murder of a 23-year-old beautician in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 2016, at the opening session of his trial.
In its opening statement at the Yokohama District Court, the prosecution that Toru Murakami, was in a relationship with Kana Ofuji, and killed her because she wanted to break off their relationship, Fuji TV reported.
Ofuji’s body was found on June 8, 2016, by a co-worker after she failed to show up for work for two days. The door to her apartment was not locked. Ofuji's body was lying face-up on a sofa, with the lower half of her body covered by a blanket. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death by a thin cord.
Prosecutors said
Murakami's fingerprints were found in Ofuji's apartment. He has denied killing Ofuji but admitted he did know her.
In 2016, Murakami was working as truck driver, based in Sapporo, and said that he made several trips to Kanagawa as part of his job. He was arrested Sapporo in February 2017

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