Japanese man charged with raping and murdering Vietnamese woman

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Japanese prosecutors have pressed rape and murder charges against a man accused of killing a Vietnamese female guest worker in 2006, The Japan Times Online reported.

According to the indictment, Akihiro Goto, 46, broke into the apartment of 24-year-old Le Thi Ly in Toyokawa City of Aichi Prefecture on July 29, 2006 with the intention of raping her.

He later hit her on the head several times with a blunt weapon and strangled her with his hands.

Investigative sources said that Goto, who met Ly around 18 months prior to the murder during a visit to her apartment while working as a delivery firm driver, said he "entered through an unlocked front door with the aim of raping her."

After murdering Ly, Goto slashed her abdomen with a fruit knife he found in the apartment, took a picture with his mobile phone and stored the image in it, sources said.

The man was arrested on August 6.

Ly, a native of the central province of Thanh Hoa, was sent to Japan by Ho Chi Minh City-based Overseas Manpower Service Company (Suleco) in 2001.

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