In a rare case of somebody walking away scot-free from a Japanese court, a 32 year old man was found not guilty of groping a schoolgirl on a busy train last year.
Judge Toshiro Fujii didn’t dispute the schoolgirl’s claim, nor the fact that the accused man had moved in the packed train, but found no direct proof that the man on trial was the actual groper. In his final ruling, Judge Fujii said, “The possibility of a third party being involved cannot be denied.”
The accused had refuted any wrongdoing from the moment of his arrest, claiming that he was simply trying to free his coat, which had been trapped when the carriage doors closed. How convincing this sounds is certainly open to debate, but for somebody to walk away free from a Japanese court is a news worthy event indeed. With the nation’s incredibly high conviction rate, the man in question must be very touched by the Judge’s generosity.