Man Gets 4 Years for Escape from Open Prison in Ehime
Matsuyama, Ehime Pref., Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Matsuyama District Court sentenced a 27-year-old man to a four-year prison term on Friday over his escape from an open prison in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, earlier this year.
According to the ruling and other sources, Tatsuma Hirao broke out of a dormitory for model inmates while working at a shipyard in Imabari on the evening of April 8. While on the run, he stole a vehicle from a private house in the city.
On April 30, Hirao was captured by police in the city of Hiroshima, where he is believed to have reached after swimming several hundred meters across the sea around April 24.
Handing down the ruling, Presiding Judge Yoichi Suehiro suggested that Hirao had escaped for reasons including his desire to flee human relations within the Imabari facility.
The judge deemed the getaway a malicious act that disrespected the purpose of the open prison, which is managed on the premise of trust between inmates and officers, as well as the self-control of inmates.
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