Man jailed for putting acid in shoes

AFP-JIJI

A court Friday jailed a man for slipping corrosive poison into the shoes of a colleague he was stalking, causing her to have the tips of her toes amputated, officials and media reports said.

Tatsujiro Fukasawa, 41, was handed a seven-year sentence for assault, a court official confirmed. He poured the acid into the woman’s shoes late last year after she rejected his romantic overtures, media reports said.

“This was a vicious crime because he used a chemical that can kill people,” said Judge Takafumi Miyamoto of the Shizuoka District Court, a report said.

Hydrofluoric acid — which Fukasawa obtained from the laboratory where he and his victim worked — can result in death if absorbed through skin and into the bloodstream.