Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after they allegedly threw an 8-year-old boy into the sea in the city of Omuta in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said Thursday.
According to police, the two youths, along with three other students, aged 11-12, accosted the boy in a store and took him to a park where they choked him and burned him with lit cigarettes for over an hour from 6:30 p.m. on Aug 6. They then brought the boy to a nearby harbor and threw him into the water with the intent of killing him to hide their assault, police allege.
The boy was able to climb up a ladder back onto the pier by himself, but he sustained bone fractures and other serious injuries. He was picked up by an officer on patrol after his parents had reported him missing.
Police said one of the boys under arrest recorded the violence with his mobile phone camera. The footage showed the crying victim being attacked for several minutes in the park.
One of the assailants was quoted as saying: “He rode my bicycle without asking, and it made me mad.”
Police are currently working with a child consultation center on the case.