Written with extracts translated from The Sankei Shimbun
January 10th 2020
The the trial of a man accused of killing 19 people and injuring others at a care home in Sagamihara City on July 26th 2016 continued in the the morning of January 10th at in the Yokohama District Court.
At the first day of the trial on January 8th, the defendant Satoshi Uematsu (29) tried bite the little finger of his right hand and was now wearing gloves on both hands.
Uematsu lowered his head several times toward the seats for the bereaved and the prosecutor’s seat. At the beginning of the trial, the presiding judge stated that he was regrettable about Uematsu’s actions in the first trial, and urged him to refrain from such behavior in the future.
According to the Yokohama District Court’s announcement, there were 495 people who would wanted to use the 25 seats to observe the second day of the trial.
The point at issue is the presence or absence of criminal liability at the time of the case. The defense argued, “He was mentally ill or mentally depressed due to cannabis.” The prosecutor’s view is that he was fully accountable as he had “a unique way of thinking, not a pathological delusion within normal psychology.”
According to the indictment, early in the morning on July 26, 2016, 19 people were killed and 24 were seriously or slightly injured by piercing a man or woman with a knife.