Disability Japan Sagamihara

Takeshi Ono, father of Care Home Massacre victim Kazuya Ono, says accused did not answer questions “properly”

Takeshi Ono, the father of Kazuya Ono, said in an interview, "I was able to hear a little about his parents, the words of the defendant were incoherent, and I felt that he did not answer bereaved lawyers properly. "

By Barrier Free Japan with extracts translated from NHK

February 6th 2020

YOKOHAMA– The trial of a man accused of killing 19 people and injuring 24 others at a care home in Sagamihara City on July 26th 2016, resumed on February 6th.

Satoshi Uematsu, aged 30, has pleaded not guilty to killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at the Tsukui Lily Garden facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

On February 6th the families of the victims continued their questioning of the defendant.

When Uematsu was asked, “What do you think about your parents if you were killed?”, he answered, “I think they would be sad.”

Uematsu sometimes stopped answering questions from a lawyer, wiping his sweat with a handkerchief.

After the court session ended, Takeshi Ono, the father of the victim Kazuya Ono, said in an interview, “I was able to hear a little about his parents, the words of the defendant were incoherent, and I felt that he did not answer bereaved’s lawyers properly. ”

Takeshi Ono continued, “I don’t think you can truly understand the defendant unless you know his background from childhood to the present.”

The trial began on January 8th and is set to conclude on March 16th.

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