A previous top Japanese bureaucrat jailed over the summer for stabbing his child to death since he feared his reclusive kid might be a risk to the public was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday.
Hideaki Kumazawa, 76, was apprehended in June on suspicion of killing his 44- year-old child, Eiichiro, after calling the cops and admitting to stabbing him in the neck and chest at their house in Tokyo
Kumazawa, a retired agricultural vice minister and previous envoy to the Czech Republic, told cops at the time he “believed my son may damage others” after learning about an inapplicable stabbing rampage two days earlier that led to 2 individuals dead and 17 wounded, according to Kyodo News.
He later on pleaded guilty to the criminal offense throughout the trial.
In this June 3, 2019, file image, Hideaki Kumazawa, left, a previous top Japanese federal government official, leaves a police station in Tokyo.
( Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News by means of AP)
” I think it is my task to pay for the criminal activity and pray that my son can spend a tranquil time in the afterlife,” Kumazawa stated Friday throughout the closing court session, Kyodo News reported
During the trial, Judge Tomoyuki Nakayama said the child’s body had more than 30 stab injuries, including some that were very deep, showing that the killing was not simply self-defense. The boy passed away from enormous blood loss.
District attorneys had looked for an eight-year prison term while defense attorney instead pursued a suspended term, declaring Kumazawa killed the 44- year-old in self-defense after the boy’s danger.
His kid had a developmental disorder and was consistently violent towards his mother. He was gotten rid of from his moms and dads and lived alone in a house until he returned home a week prior to the killing.
The Tokyo District Court said in its judgment that the kid resumed his violence as soon as he returned house and threatened to eliminate his father.
In its ruling, the court stated that Kumazawa feared his child might damage others as in a case days earlier, when a man referred to as a social recluse– understood in Japan as “hikikomori”– stabbed a number of schoolchildren at a bus stop outside Tokyo, eliminating 2 people and wounding 17 others, mainly schoolgirls, prior to killing himself.
The court ruled that Kumazawa should have a more lax 6 years in jail, taking into factor to consider his effort to enhance his household’s relations with the child, the violence caused by his son and the risk of being killed.
The case and the earlier attack in Kawasaki highlighted growing concerns about “hikikomori.”
A government study in March revealed there are an approximated 610,000 “hikikomori” in between the ages of 40 to 64 in Japan, primarily males, with many still looked after by their elderly parents without appropriate assistance from the outside.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.