Trial begins for 18-year-old accused of stabbing 2 schoolgirls
An 18-year-old Saitama youth went on trial this week for the attempted murder of two schoolgirls in 2011.
The court heard Wednesday that the defendant, who cannot be named because he is a minor, stabbed a 15-year-old girl in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, on Nov 18, 2011, and then an 8-year-old girl in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Dec 1. In all, 13 separate charges were brought against the accused. The trial is being held under the lay judge system.
The youth told the court, “I’d seen a movie in which cats and girls were killed and it made me sexually excited. I thought if I killed a girl myself, it would be even more satisfying,” Fuji TV reported.
The defense told the court that a psychiatric examination revealed the boy had developmental disorders.
The boy’s father is also facing charges of corrupting a minor after police determined he kept restricted weapons in his home.
After the boy was arrested, police found over 60 survival knives in his home where he lived with his father, and that 10 of the knives were illegal to possess in a household with minors.
The boy told police his father had purchased several of the weapons on the Internet for him, and that his father encouraged him to carry three of them with him.
When the boy was detained on the street, police found a switchblade knife and a cleaver in his bag.