‘Brains’ behind Japanese bizwoman’s killing in August 2018 nabbed in Japan
CEBU CITY, Philippines-The mastermind of the killing of Junko Hamada, the 71-year-old Japanese businesswoman who was ambushed last year in Cebu City, was arrested by authorities in Japan last week.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Frankie Lugo, Investigation and Detective Management Branch (IDMB) chief, said in a press briefing on Saturday, June 15, that Shinichi Hamada, 77, husband of the victim, was arrested in his house in Japan on June 13, Thursday.
Lugo, however, said that they had no details yet of the arrest of Shinichi Hamada, and they were still coordinating with the Japan Embassy.
Shinichi Hamada was identified by JB Bertulfo as the brains behind the killing of the former’s wife, Junko Hamada.
Bertulfo was allegedly the hitman that Shinichi Hamada allegedly hired to kill Junko Hamada.
Bertulfo and his cohort, Maryjane Aguilar, were arrested nearly more than a month after August 24, 2018 killing of Junko Hamada.
Junko Hamada was then the president of Beams Corp., an export company in Talisay City, Cebu.
Read more: CEBU BIZWOMAN SHOT DEAD
She was then heading home driving her SUV, a red Mitsubishi Montero, to Barangay Capitol Site in Cebu City when she was ambushed along Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City.
The police got their break when Aguilar, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation, confessed that she knew who shot dead the Japanese businesswoman.
Aguilar pointed to Bertulfo, who was believed to be her boyfriend, as the shooter.
Two weeks later, Bertulfo was arrested also in another buy-bust operation.
He later admitted to police that he was only the shooter, but he claimed that Aguilar and Junko’s husband were allegedly the brains behind the crime./dbs
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