Trial of 2016 Sagamihara Massacre Suspect to Begin in Jan.

Society

Yokohama, April 24 (Jiji Press)--The trial of the suspect charged in the 2016 massacre at a care home for people with intellectual disabilities in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, will begin in January, officials said.

Yokohama District Court is scheduled to hold the first hearing of the lay-judge trial of Satoshi Uematsu, 29, on Jan. 8. The court is considering giving a ruling by the end of March.

In the trial, the names of the victims in the stabbing rampage at the care home, Tsukui Yamayuri-en, will be withheld.

During the investigation following his arrest, Uematsu, a former worker at the care home, said people with disabilities are not needed. A psychiatric test showed he has narcissistic personality disorder.

In February 2017, public prosecutors indicted Uematsu on murder and other charges, judging that he was mentally competent enough to take criminal responsibility.

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