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Disability News Japan Podcast Episode 83: Kyoto mother who killed intellectually disabled son given suspended sentence

A mother accused of murdering her 17-year-old son,who had severe intellectual disabilities , in Kyoto last July has been given a suspended sentence by the Kyoto District Court.

During the trial, the mother, Fumino Sakayama (54) of Sakyo Ward admitted to killing her son, Ryu (17) but the defence argued that she was insane at the time, although the prosecutor’s office demanded a five-year sentence.

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