I was reading today about how “the father of dismembered British girl Lucie Blackman has criticised Japanese prosecutors after the millionaire property developer suspected of the killing was today acquitted.”
Em, sorry, but isn’t that why he accepted 100 million yen (£467,000)? So that the accused would not be convicted of the crime? It’s called “condolence money” – a Japanese funerary custom where people give “comfort money” as part of the funeral service at the wake. Which of course begs the question, “Why was it given and why was it accepted” if the accused had nothing to do with the crime?
To my way of thinking it’s simply hush money or more accurately, blood money, paid to make the problem go away. Lucie Blackman’s mother, Jane Steare, certainly calls it blood money, accusing Tim Blackman, the father, of colluding with the defence.
Which brings me back to my original point – what’s Tim Blackman whinging about? He got his money.