Parents win compensation from dead son’s attackers

Kyodo

The Osaka District Court on Thursday ordered two men convicted of beating a man who later died from his injuries to pay 88.7 million yen in damages to the victim’s parents.

The amount includes 3.6 million yen to cover the reward the parents paid for information leading to the arrest of the attackers — a decision that the plaintiffs’ lawyers said is rare.

The parents of 26-year-old Akihiro Koga, who was beaten by the two men on April 22, 2001, and died two days later, had sought about 120 million yen from the attackers, Tasuku Matsuoka and Taizo Nakasone.

The parents put up the reward, which Koga had saved for his wedding, as reward money for information that led to the arrest of the attackers.

In addition to the reward money, the court indicated that damages were to cover other expenses the parents shouldered due to their son’s death.

After the incident, the two men “were on the run for nearly 10 months, although they knew that Koga’s parents were looking for suspects,” presiding Judge Hiroshi Mori said in his ruling.

He said the parents’ sadness over their son’s death is immeasurable.