Crime Disability Japan

Sapporo City care worker arrested for killing disabled man: “I got upset as the man wouldn’t go to sleep”

Written with extracts from From NHK  Jiji Press & The Mainichi

July 22nd 2019

SAPPORO, Hokkaido – A 24-year-old  ‘visiting’ care worker has been arrested on suspicion of  assaulting and killing a disabled 35-year-old man.

The suspect, an employee of a nursing care service company with an office in Higashi-ku Ward, Sapporo City.

According to the police investigation, the suspect beat and kicked Shigeki Yamashita (35) who was receiving visiting care service at a communal residence in Higashi-ku, Sapporo between the evening of 19th and the morning of 20th of this month.

According to the police, Mr. Yamashita has a physical disorder, and on the morning of the 20th, he vomited and was transported to emergency, and died at the receiving hospital.

“I got upset as the man wouldn’t go to sleep,” the suspect was quoted as telling investigators as he admitted to the allegations against him.

The suspect specifically stands accused of beating and kicking Yamashita in the face, chest and abdomen several times between around 5:30 p.m. on July 19 and about 7:30 a.m. the following day, leading the victim to die from a cerebral hernia.

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