CEDAR CITY, UTAH – A 27-year-old Japanese bus driver was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison by a U.S. district court Friday following an accident that killed three Japanese tourists and injured 12 others in Utah last August.
Yasushi Mikuni will be held for one year, and after that, he will be put on three years’ probation on the condition that he does not leave the state of Utah, according to a judge.
Mikuni was found to have caused the accident on Aug. 9, 2010, and lack of sleep was a probable cause. Mikuni had also smoked pot the previous day.
He had both work and student visas, and was working for a bus company in Utah and studying at a university in Nevada at the time of the accident.
Man linked to slayings
A 46-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murdering a Vietnamese woman in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, in 2006, police said.
Akihiro Goto is also suspected of being involved in the death of a 44-year-old woman whose body was found in a forest on a mountain in Gero, Gifu Prefecture, last April. The finding prompted the prefectural police in Aichi and Gifu to set up a joint headquarters.
Goto allegedly killed Le Thi Ly, 24, at her apartment in July 2006, the police said, adding he has confessed to the slaying.
Ly’s corpse was found on July 29, 2006. She had apparently been hit on the head with a blunt object and stabbed.
Ghanaian death lawsuit
The family of a Ghanaian man has filed a damages suit over his death, alleging immigration officers at Narita International Airport inflicted injuries leading to his death when he was being deported in March 2010.
The suit was filed Friday with the Tokyo District Court by the 82-year-old mother and the 50-year-old Japanese widow of Abubakar Awudu Suraj, 45, against the government and nine officers of the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.
They are seeking damages of about ¥136 million.
According to the suit, Suraj died after the officers sought to restrain him as he resisted being put aboard a flight to Cairo.