On the 29th of September this month, it will be two months ago that Gregory Gumo was arrested for the murder of Mariko Akitaya whose body was discovered on the 29th of July, 2015 floating wrapped in a brown plastic sheet tied with a black and yellow nylon rope in Koajiro Bay in Miura. The legal system in Japan concerning the arrest of a suspect for a crime does not have a system of bail, so the suspect can be held indefinitely with the anticipation the police will force a confession. In Gregory Gumo’s case, he was arrested originally for “abandoning a body”, but then arrested again on the 27th of August for murder. How long a suspect can be incarcerated is up to the Japanese police as they conduct interviews and continue their investigation collecting evidence.
Being incarcerated under indefinite conditions can be extremely stressful and probably to some extent, this is done to “break” the suspect into giving a confession. Everyday that the investigation continues requires the police to spend increased man-hours and money to investigate. The day-to-day monotony also will become stressful for Gregory Gumo as the days go onto weeks and then months before an expected trial. At this point, the only way to get any news on this case is to contact the local media or a direct visit to the police station where Gumo is being held to obtain any information.
Visitors can go to where Gumo is incarcerated but there are restrictions as to how long a visit can last, what can and cannot be said, and what can be given to the prisoner in regards to personal hygiene items. If Gumo has visitors and English is spoken, unless there is a policeman on duty fluent in English, the visitor will be prevented from visiting and speaking with Gumo. It is probably extremely monotonous and boring for Gumo sitting in that cell thinking about what has happened to him waiting for a court appearance. The ambiguity alone must be having an effect on Gumo’s nerves and attitude. It isn’t known where Gumo is being held but it is probably either in Misaki Police Station or in Yokosuka. Without a good source of outside news like an occasional newspaper or magazine, Gumo is completely isolated which leads me to wonder whether or not his wife is visiting him?
I’m stuck in a prison cell in Japan and time keeps draggin’ on…