March 16th 2020
YOKOHAMA – The Yokohama District Court has sentenced Satoshi Uematsu (30) to death for killing 19 residents and injuring 26 others at a care home in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture in July 2016.
Satoshi Uematsu, had 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.
Presiding Judge Kiyoshi Aonuma rejected the defense lawyer’s assertion that Uematsu could not be held responsible for his actions due to mental illness brought on by excessive cannabis use, saying that the defense’s doctor assertions “cannot be adopted” as it was still “possible” with such cannabis use to think things like “disabled persons with disabilities are unhappy, and killing will gain their support.'”
When handing down the sentence, Judge Aonuma said:
“The grave consequence was incomparable to other incidents with 19 lives being taken.”