A person following the case of Gregory Gumo, an American arrested for the murder of Mariko Akitaya last year in July, 2015 sent me an article suggesting Gregory Gumo will be put on trial for abandoning a dead body. This isn’t new since the last news to appear in February, 2016 also stated Gumo wouldn’t be tried for murder.
This case has been going on for nine months of investigation and the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to place Gumo on trial for murder. This despite the fact that Gumo was with Akitaya the night before which was recorded by several surveillance cameras. Even though Akitaya died while with Gumo, the case does not warrant a murder conviction. The other fact is that when Akitaya was wrapped in a vinyl sheet and tied with a nylon rope attached to a brick then tossed into the water, she was apparently alive. This was indicated by the autopsy report which revealed that Akitaya’s lungs were filled with water which would be in most cases conducive of drowning.
Are the Japanese police going lenient with Gumo which might mean Gumo actually thought Akitaya was dead when he bound her in the brown vinyl sheet then tossed her into the water off a small boat? This case is just completely bizarre by all accounts considering Gumo was with Akitaya the night before her body was discovered. Was Gumo a witness to a suicide and then simply provided no assistance to Akitaya who possibly overdosed on sleeping medication? Wasn’t it Gumo who compromised Akitaya in the first place allegedly being able to convince her to give Gumo money and possibly promising her marriage unknown to Akitaya Gumo was married with three children? All kinds of speculation sure, but leaves people wondering what exactly went on between Akitaya and Gumo.
Source: The Tokyo Reporter
American not prosecuted for murder in death of Tokyo woman
By Tokyo Reporter Staff
April 19, 2016
Gregory Gumo only faces charges of abandoning a corpse in the death of Mariko Akitaya
KANAGAWA (TR) – An American male on trial at the Yokohama District Court in the death of a woman in Miura City last July will not be prosecuted on charges of murder, reports Nippon News Network (April 19).
At a hearing on Monday, prosecutors cited a lack of evidence as the reason for not pursuing a murder conviction 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.
“For the crime of murder, the gathering of evidence for prosecution was insufficient,” the side of the prosecution said in a statement.
Prosecutors had previously asserted that Gumo had murdered Akitaya, a resident of Tokyo’s Meguro Ward, and dumped her body. In February, however, prosecutors changed their case, claiming that she was still alive at the time of the abandonment.
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.
Later in August, Gumo was arrested for the murder of Akitaya. According to TV Asahi (April 18), Gumo denied the charge of murder during police questioning. “She committed suicide,” he was quoted by police.
Gumo is currently under prosecution for abandoning the corpse of Akitaya.