By Barrier Free Japan with extracts from NHK
January 14th 2020
YOKOHAMA – 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 began on January 8th 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.
On January 14th, Uematsu was asked by an NHK reporter at the Yokohama Detention Center as to why he attempted to bite off his little finger, Uematsu responded by saying:
“I couldn’t be convinced by a verbal apology alone, I thought it was the best way to do it. It was an action I thought about and was not confused. I had been thinking about doing this about two years ago.”
When asked if he intended to apologize, the defendant stated, “I just didn’t agree and didn’t want them to forgive me. The next morning, I bitten my little finger in my prison in the jail, but I was wearing thick white gloves up to my wrist, and I could not see my fingers.”
The trial is scheduled to conclude on March 15th.