DATE OF CRIMES
1 February 1943 - 30 April 1944
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Kanu, Hintock, and Kinsayok POW Camps, Siam (present-day Thailand)
DATE OF TRIAL
4, 5, and 7 November 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendant, a medical non-commissioned officer, was stationed successively at Kanu, Hintock, and Kinsayok POW Camps, Siam (present-day Thailand), and was charged with being concerned in the inhumane treatment of POWs contributing to the deaths of some of them and physical suffering to others. The policy laid down by the Japanese Commander of No.4 Group, POW Camp, Siam, was that, if the requirements of the railroad units made it necessary, sick POWs were to be dispatched on working parties. Two cases of abuse were specifically mentioned in the evidence, Private Purdy who was suffering from dysentery, and Private Wetherilt, who was suffering from diarrhoea. In both cases, the prosecution alleged that the defendant's inhumane conduct in ordering them out to work under the extreme unhealthy and rigorous conditions, contributed to their deaths.
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The period covered by the charge coincided with a time when the Japanese were supposedly ruthlessly employing labour to speed up and complete the construction of the Burma-Siam Railway. The defendant was known as "Doctor Death" as he was responsible for many of the POW deaths in the Konyu area while he was a medical corporal and sergeant there.
Okada, Seiichi. Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 10 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Smith, H.E.R. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president.
Butterfield, R.S. Major. From British Indian Army.
Hebden, E.N. Major. From British military.
Eber, John. Barrister at Law (Innter Temple).
Saheki, Kiuji. Judge in Hiroshima Court.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Lavin, J. Lieutenant. From British military.