Besançon (F) – The murder of Narumi: “I did not kill her”


The trial of the man suspected of murdering a young Japanese woman in Besançon (F) in December 2016 opened on Tuesday.

Narumi’s family will appear in court with their lawyer on Tuesday.


Chilean Nicolas Z. on Tuesday assured that he “had not killed Narumi” Kurosaki, his Japanese ex-girlfriend, on the first day of his murder case before the Doubs Assize court. “I want to make it clear that I did not kill Narumi, I deny with all my might these accusations,” the 31-year-old man said in Spanish, referring to “a monstrous accusation” against him.

“It’s been five years since Narumi disappeared, and since then it’s been a nightmare. I have had Narumi in my thoughts for five years and I feel the enormous sadness of his family, ”he also said, his voice broken by emotion, according to comments translated simultaneously into French. Facing him on the bench for the bourgeois parties and very moving, the mother and youngest sister of Narumi Kurosaki stared fixedly at him while they had hitherto avoided his gaze.

A prison administration car with opaque windows with the 31-year-old young man arrived in court around 1 p.m. 8, followed by motorcyclists, AFP journalists noted. The accused, who has been detained since the summer of 2020 after being extradited from Chile, risks life imprisonment, claiming his innocence. The trial is scheduled to continue until April 12.

very moved mother

Arrived on the arm of his lawyer with his head down and masked, the mother of Narumi Kurosaki, visibly very moved, took her place on the bench for the civil parties, accompanied by the victim’s youngest sister. The two women, silent, held each other’s hands. None of the defense attorneys or the civilian parties gave a statement to the press before the opening of this trial, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. 10.00, and which lasts until 12 April.

After Tuesday, which is mainly intended to identify the defendant’s personality, the witnesses will be questioned from Wednesday, before the defendant is questioned the next day about the actual facts, according to the scheduled schedule. “There is no evidence of death, no place, no precise details, no clear scenario of what happened. (…) This file is a bit of a house of cards”, argued before the trial the defense of Nicolas Z ..

“Other scenarios”

Nicolas Z. claims to have spent the night of December 4th to 5th and the day after with his ex-girlfriend. He would have left her alive on December 6 around 4:30 a.m. and then continued his European journey as planned. “Neither their relationship, his background, nor his personality provide any element that can explain or announce such a step into action,” the defense insists.

The prosecution offers a completely different version: without support for being rejected, the person who had met a year earlier, Narumi Kurosaki, at a university in Japan, would have been deliberately taken to Besançon, where she studied French, for finding there by surprise .

He allegedly should have strangled her in his room on the university campus before disposing of the body in a Jura forest not far from Dole. Nicolas Z. would then have sent messages to relatives of Narumi Kurosaki on social networks and posed as his victim, the time to return to Chile without worry.

Can of combustible product

Among these items are telephone data, the geolocation of the car rented by Nicolas Z. during his stay in France, purchases by credit card, including the purchase of a can of flammable product and matches or the disturbing testimony of a cousin he had visited in Spain, before returning to Chile.

The night between December 4th and 5th, “screams of horror”, “shrill screams from women”, as “in a horror movie” or as if “someone was murdered”, were heard by students at Narumi Kurosaki’s dormitory. But none of them had alerted the police. Then, according to the prosecution, the messages that Nicolas Z. sent to the student’s relatives would have obscured the clues, which further delayed the report of her disappearance, which only took place on 13 December.


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