Tsuchiura Family Killing (x3) 土浦家族3人殺害

Defendant=Ijima Masaru

JIADEP Note: Upon the prosecution's appeal, the defendant was declared sane, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment.


Prosecutors appeal man's insanity acquittal
over murder of parents, sister
July 13, 2008

MITO -- Prosecutors have appealed a district court ruling that acquitted a man accused of murdering his parents and sister after deeming he was insane at the time of the crime.

The Mito District Public Prosecutors Office filed the appeal with the Tokyo High Court, claiming that the 31-year-old defendant from Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, can be fully responsible for the crime.

On June 27, the Tsuchiura branch of the Mito District Court found the man not guilty to murdering his 57-year-old father, 54-year-old mother and 31-year-old sister with a kitchen knife and a hammer at their home in November 2004. Prosecutors had demanded that he be hanged.


Man found insane, not guilty of killing parents,
sister 4 years ago

Saturday 28th June 2008


A 31-year-old man accused of killing his parents and his elder sister in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, in November 2004, was found insane and not guilty on Friday. The Mito District Court ruled the defendant could not be held punishable under the Penal Code, said Presiding Judge Shiego Ito of the Tsuchira district court.

The name of the defendant is withheld because he was found insane. The defense said that the defendant suffered from schizophrenia after dropping out of a professional school. The prosecution cited the defendant’s act of preparing weapons for the crime as a sign of his mental competency. Ultimately, a court-commissioned psychiatrist testified that the defendant was in a state of diminished capacity and had no clear concept of right and wrong at the time of the crime. The Penal Code says ‘‘An act of insanity is not punishable. An act of diminished capacity shall lead to the punishment being reduced.’’

According to prosecutors, the defendant made the decision to kill his father after being repeatedly told to find a job. On November 24, 2004 the defendant killed his mother and sister with a hammer and kitchen knife and killed his father later that day.


Hermit accused of killing parents,
sister acquitted due to insanity

TSUCHIURA, Ibaraki -- A man accused of killing his parents and sister after secluding himself at his home for nearly a decade was acquitted of murder charges Friday after he was deemed insane at the time of the incident.

The Tsuchiura Branch of the Mito District Court found a 31-year-old unemployed man from Tsuchiura, not guilty of murder, saying that the defendant could not be held responsible for the crimes.

The man had been indicted on charges of killing his 57-year-old father, 54-year-old mother and 31-year-old sister with a kitchen knife and a hammer at their home in Tsuchiura on Nov. 24, 2004.

The defendant had quit a vocational school and had reportedly secluded himself in his house for about nine years since around the age of 19.

Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty for the defendant, arguing that a psychiatric evaluation conducted during the investigation acknowledged that the man was fully capable of being held liable for the murders. Prosecutors had also said the defendant had "motives and plans" for the murder because he had purchased a kitchen knife and a hammer after he got into a quarrel with his father around June 2004.

However, the defense lawyer for the man had maintained that he was not guilty on the grounds that a psychiatric evaluation conducted during his trial concluded that the defendant "had diminished capacity" and that it "cannot be ruled out that he was mentally incompetent" at the time of the crime.

"The defendant was suffering from schizophrenia and was obsessed with delusions," the lawyer said.




両親と姉殺害男性に無罪判決 判断能力認めず 水戸地裁