21 Sep 2013

Prison sentence for acid stalker

6:34 am on 21 September 2013

A court in Japan has jailed a man for slipping corrosive poison into the shoes of a colleague he was stalking, causing her to have the tips of her toes amputated.

A court official confirmed on Friday Tatsujiro Fukasawa, 41, was sentenced to seven years in prison for assault. He reportedly poured the acid into the woman's shoes late last year after she turned down his romantic overtures.

"This was a vicious crime because he used a chemical that can kill people," said Judge Takafumi Miyamoto of the Shizuoka District Court, Jiji Press news agency said.

Hydrofluoric acid can result in death if absorbed through skin and into the bloodstream. The woman went to hospital complaining of pain and developed gangrene in one foot. Both worked at a laboratory.