May 14, 2012
The lay judge trial of the defendant Yasuda Hirosh (74) has been held at the Yokohama District Court in Kanagawa Prefecture. He was accused of murdering his second son (41) who was deaf at the house in Yokohama-shi in November, 2011.
The presiding judge sentenced to suspended sentence five years and penal servitude three years at the judgment hearing on May 14, stating that the defendant had a situation which could be fully so sympathized that it would be impossible to blame him strongly, against penal servitude six years demanded for the defendant.
The presiding judge explained the reason of sentence mitigation, "There are many situations which should be considered to the circumstances or a motive."
He said, "The son who was deaf and had mental disorder used violence on his parents and repeated the debt. It was presupposed that it was pessimistic of the future and became a hopeless feeling although the defendant made his son receive medical treatment for about ten years in a hospital, made him go into personal bankruptcy by having consulted with the public office and the lawyer. He tried all the means for his son."
According to the court, the defendant murdered the son by fastening his neck with the electrical cord at home around 11:30 p.m. on November 13, 2011.
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