DATE OF CRIMES
Sometime between June 1945 and July 1945
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
30 April 1946 and 1 May 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendant, Chief Petty Officer Yoshida Susumi, was an agricultural overseer in Bumblitan near Port Blair where the victim, Subaiya, a civilian, lived. On the day of the incident, Yoshida went to Subaiya’s house and demanded some eggs. On being told there were none, Yoshida proceeded to search through Subaiya's house, and found some paddy. Yoshida accused Subaiya of stealing the paddy, to which Subaiya denied. In response, Yoshida took Subaiya, his wife and children to his house and there tied him to a wooden beam and beat him into unconsciousness with a stick.
After Subaiya regained consciousness, he was assisted home by his wife. However, the injuries sustained by Subaiya turned septic, and he subsequently died.
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In reaching its findings, the Court had given gave Yoshida the benefit of the doubt for two reasons: (i) Subaiya's death could not be proved to be caused solely by Yoshida's actions; and (ii) The timely disappearance, through Japanese action, of the wife of Subaiya.
Yoshida, Susumi. Chief Petty Officer. From Japanese military. Guilty. Life imprisonment. Sentence reduced to 10 years' imprisonment.
Peacock, G.A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Barrister-at-law.
Yates, A.D. Major. From British military.
Hasan, Teufiq. Captain. From British Indian Army.
Peter, C.G. Lieutenant. From British military. Solicitor.
Vine, P. A. L. Captain. From British military. Solicitor.
Tokunaga, Shoji. Senior Officer. Public Prosecutor of the Tokyo Court, Japan.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Crewdson, R. Captain. From British military.