Japanese man gets 7 years' jail for slipping corrosive poison into colleague's shoes
TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese court on 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 turned down 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, Jiji Press news agency reported.
Hydrofluoric acid - which Fukasawa obtained from the laboratory where he and the victim worked - can result in death if absorbed through skin and into the bloodstream.