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“I strangled my son,” father of disabled son admits at Nagoya District Court

"According to officials, the eldest son had a disability, and the defendant stated at the investigation stage that he “worried about his son's future”."

Written with extracts from The Chunichi Shimbun & Chukyo TV News

Content is edited to withhold the defendant’s and victim’s names

September 4th 2019

AICHI – A man, aged 52, accused of murdering his eldest son (aged 25), who lived with him in his home in Kita-ku, Nagoya, has admitted to strangling him in January 2018. At the trial, held at the Nagoya District Court on September 4th, the contents of the indictment were admitted as “no mistake”.

The defense will not dispute the facts, and the full responsibility of the defendant who was suffering from depression at that time is expected to become an issue.

According to officials, the eldest son had an intellectual disability, and the defendant stated at the investigation stage that he “worried about his son’s future”.

According to the indictment, the defendant squeezed his son’s neck with a rope in his apartment room on January 23, 2018.

The defendant was quoted as saying “I strangled my son”. The defense also asked for a probationary sentence saying that “the eldest son had a disability and that the defendant should not be blamed.”

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