Crime Disability Japan

Father arrested for attempted murder of 30-year-old disabled son

“According to police, the suspect, who works at a university, slashed his son in the neck with a knife at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, while they were in a car parked on a vacant plot of land in Wakabayashi Ward.”

Written with extracts from Japan Today

Content is edited to withhold the suspect’s name

August 14th 2019

– Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to kill his 30-year-old son who is disabled.

According to police, the suspect, who works at a university, slashed his son in the neck with a knife at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, while they were in a car parked on a vacant plot of land in Wakabayashi Ward.

At the time of the attack, the suspect’s son, who has severe disabilities, had returned home from his nursing facility for the Obon holiday week. The suspect told his wife he was taking their son out for a drive. When they returned home, his wife noticed her son bleeding from the neck and called 119.

Although the victim suffered a gash to his neck, the injury is not life-threatening, police said.

Police said the suspect has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was tired of looking after his son.

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