“He began to talk about the killing method about two months before the incident. I had been involved in the conversation whilst I thought it was a delusion, but the content was gradually becoming more realistic I was scared…After that, I was strongly invited by the defendant to cooperate but declined. “
The defendant’s former partner said that the defendant referred to the residents of the Tsukui Lily Garden care facility as “cute” two years before the incident, but that his way of describing the residents became more severe about seven months before the incident, that he began to speak of people with disabilities as “unproductive.”
Monday 13th January was a national holiday in Japan, it was ‘Coming of Age Day’, so with some other public services, the courts did not sit in Japan. Barrier Free Japan felt this was a good time to recount the first few days in ‘Sagamihara Massacre’ trial, and offer a kind of ‘timeline’ of the trial thus far.