Disability Japan Sagamihara

“I want the defendant to feel a little sorry.” Former employees visit site of care home stabbings as trial approaches

A former employee, a 75-year-old woman who had been working at the facility for about 40 years, said, "No matter what the outcome of the trial, the victims will not return. I want the defendants to feel a little sorry.”

Written with extracts from NHK

December 26th 2019

On July 26th 2016, residents were stabbed with blades one after another at a facility for intellectual disabilities “Tsukui Yamayuri-en” in Sagamihara City, killing 19 people and injuring 26 people.

A former staff member of the facility visited the site of the attack.

In front of the facility, a flower arrangement was set up on the anniversary of every month on the 26th of the month, former staff members who were in charge of the victims visited the facility.

A former employee said, “I felt even more liable that I couldn’t prevent the case.”

Another former employee, a 75-year-old woman who had been working at the facility for about 40 years, said, “No matter what the outcome of the trial, the victims will not return. I want the defendant to feel a little sorry.”

The trial will begin on the 8th of next month and the ruling will be issued on March 16th.

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