It now appears prosecutors in the case against Gregory Gumo have decided not to press for murder charges against Gregory Gumo, who was arrested for “abandoning the body” of Mariko Akitya who was last seen with Gumo. It really is astonishing that after eight months police investigators, even though an autopsy was conducted, do not have enough evidence to place Gumo on trial for murder. If Gumo is convicted for “abandoning a body”, there is really no way to know what his jail sentence might be.
In other cases of being convicted for abandoning a body, sentences have been anywhere from 2 to 22 years depending on different circumstances. In the video clip below it is stated Gumo “panicked”, and after wrapping Akitaya’s body in a tarp tied with nylon rope attached to a concrete block, placed Akitaya’s body in a boat then tossed her into Miura Bay. That’s quite an elaborate “panic” all the way to the airport to escape Japan. Apparently, the autopsy done on Akitaya’s body has no merit in this case as evidence. Even though Akitaya is with Gumo all the way up until she goes unconscious from alleged sleeping medication to tossing her body in Miura Bay? And Gumo takes no responsibility to revive her, get her to a hospital, call an ambulance, or tries to seek assistance? So Akitaya goes suicidal on Gumo while with him all that time? This case is becoming more bizarre with every news release.
Source: News On Japan
American to not be prosecuted for murder in death of Tokyo woman
Tokyo Reporter — February 2, 2016
An American male on trial at the Yokohama District Court in the death of a woman in Miura City last July will only be prosecuted on charges of abandoning a corpse, reports Nippon News Network.
At a hearing on Monday, prosecutors announced a change in their case against Gregory Gumo, a 41-year-old marketer in the entertainment industry, in the death of 42-year-old Mariko Akitaya, whose body was found floating in Koajiro Bay.
Prosecutors had previously asserted that Gumo had murdered Akitaya, a resident of Tokyo’s Meguro Ward, and dumped her body. However, prosecutors on Monday changed their case, claiming that she was still alive at the time of the abandonment.
“In a misguided belief that Akitaya was dead, Gumo, the defendant, dumped her body in the ocean while she was unconscious,” the side of the prosecution said.
Prosecutors also announced that a murder conviction will not be sought.
When asked to comment on the changes to the case, Gumo remained silent.
On the morning of July 29, Akita’s body was found wrapped in a brown plastic sheet and floating about 20 meters off the coast. A towing rope had been used to attach the body to a concrete block.
With an autopsy conducted on the body revealing a large quantity of water being present in the lungs, the cause of death was determined to be drowning.
On the same day Akitaya’s body was found, Gumo was stopped by police as he attempted to travel to the United States on an international flight from Haneda Airport. Gumo was arrested for abandoning the body of Akitaya on August 6.