Tokumaru Daizo and others
DATE OF CRIMES
Between 15 Feb 1944 and 24 May 1944 and September 1942
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Oxley Rise, Singapore
DATE OF TRIAL
31 January, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 29 and 24 February 1947
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The first defendant Staff Sergeant Tokumaru Daizo was an investigator at the Oxley Rise Kempeitai Headquarters while the second defendant Sergeant Taki Tadayoshi was an interrogator there. The third defendant Josef Kutron was an informant working for them. An alleged spy ring was said to have existed in Singapore and the 3 defendants were charged with the ill-treatment of the civilian suspects through beatings, water and electrical torture. Most of the suspects were involved in the operation of a cafe in Singapore. The first and second defendants were found guilty while the third defendant was not found not guilty. However the third defendant was specifically charged with the ill-treatment of a Joseph Henson and was found guilty of that charge.
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The case seems to centre around allegations of espionage by a café owner and its various implications such as collaboration and the backdrop of a falling out between some of the victims and the third defendant over a female love interest. The third defendant's occupation was noted by the court as magician. The court moved to Oxley Rise to better understand the crime during the witnesses' testimony.
There was also Singapore press coverage of this case:
Tokumaru, Daizo. Staff Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 5 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Taki, Tadayoshi. Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 3 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Josef Kutron. Civilian. From Hungary. Guilty. 2 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Forsythe, P.A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president.
Dennis, A.E. Major. From British military.
Kohli, R.D. Captain. From British Indian Army.
Sheikh, A.B. Major. From British Indian Army. L.L.B. Lucknow.
Kurose, Shozabruo. Public Prosecutor, Korea.
Phillips, A. Captain. From British military.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
McKenzie, I.K. Captain. From British military.