Sugimoto [Sueimoto] Heikichi and others
DATE OF CRIMES
21 September - 8 November 1943
LOCATION OF CRIMES
DATE OF TRIAL
5, 6 and 7 February 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendants were alleged to have beaten, tortured and otherwise maltreated two civilian residents of Singapore who were in the defendants' custody. As a result of this treatment, one of the civilians died. The victims were alleged to have possessed forbidden wireless receiving sets.
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In mitigation, the defence urged the court to take into account the defendants' background, as they were likely influence by being members of "a black organisation, a black nation and a black society". The defence further urged that "the quality of mercy may not be strained", so the men could bring back to Japan stories of the mercy they received and thus contribute to the rebirth of Japan.
Sugimoto, Heikichi. Staff Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 6 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Kobayashi, Takashi. Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 3 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Mayasaki, Kazuo. Interpreter attached to Japanese military. Civilian. From Japan. Not guilty.
Silkin, S.C. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Barrister-at-law.
Sinha, N.K. Major. From British Indian Army.
Topping, R.J. Captain. From British Indian Army.
Stewart, J.C. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Solicitor.
Smith, S.J. Staff Captain. From British military.