23 Yrs Sought for Man over Deadly Road Rage Incident


Yokohama, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Prosecutors on Monday demanded 23 years in prison for a 26-year-old man over a road rage incident that led to the death of a couple last year in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The acts of the defendant, Kazuho Ishibashi, accused of dangerous driving resulting in death and injury and other charges, must never be forgiven to achieve a safe motorized society, the prosecutors said in their closing arguments at Yokohama District Court in Kanagawa.

They sought the 23-year term not only for the dangerous driving but also for assault and the other charges on which he was indicted. The maximum penalty for dangerous driving resulting in death and injury is 20 years in prison.

The defendant broadly admitted the charges. But his defense team claimed that the dangerous driving charge and a count of confinement resulting in death and injury cannot be established.

The court will hand down a ruling on the case Friday.

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