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Monk arrested after high school girl stabbed in neck in Ibaraki Prefecture

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Police in Moriya, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 41-year-old Buddhist monk on suspicion of assaulting a high school girl by stabbing her in the neck.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on Oct 19 as the girl was walking home, Kyodo News reported. Police said Kodo Kimura, a monk at Joenji temple in Tsukuba, is accused of stabbing the girl in the back of her neck with a knife or something similar.

The girl screamed and a passerby called 119. She was taken to hospital where doctors said her wound will take about one week to heal.

Police said an analysis of street surveillance camera footage and witness accounts identified Kimura, who was arrested on Thursday. Police said he has denied the allegation.

Police said the girl told them she does not know Kimura.

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My guess, without any proof whatsoever, is that the monk is suffering from a mental illness.

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is accused of stabbing the girl in the back of her neck with a knife or something similar.

So no weapon was found ? What connects the Monk to this incident - simply by being nearby ? It would have been useful to have some more detail.

Moderator: Please read the penultimate paragraph.

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So no weapon was found ? What connects the Monk to this incident

The article mentions street camera footage and witness, that do not automatically means he was just close but that he could have been identified. It may not be a sure bet, but making the arrest would seem to indicate the evidence is quite strong.

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Being bald and involuntarily celibate is never an excuse to go around stabbing young women.

The temple needs to de-robe this fake monk, then offer a detailed explanation of how it somehow allowed this loose screw to become a representative of their sect in the first place.

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Any bullying at the temple or outside recently? Any history of mental health issues? Has his advances towards pretty young woman been rejected recently? What do they have on the cameras?

There needs to be motive. Simply being filmed around the area during that time is circumstantial. Being a monk, they would need to search in and around the temple. I am pretty sure those in charge of the temple will reject a warrant on religious grounds and possible damage of historical artifacts. Also, if they were to find evidence that he did it, it will ruin the reputation of the temple. The temple might be considered impure by very spiritual people. The monk has the advantage in this situation that the average Taro or Kenji does not. It seems if the monk does not fold under interrogation and the police cannot find the evidence, then it will be hard to convict. We also do not know how much clout that temple has in the community. He better hope his meditative practice works to stay calm.

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There needs to be motive. Simply being filmed around the area during that time is circumstantial

Again, they mention the footage and witness, why people assume this can only mean being seen in the area?

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Police said an analysis of street surveillance camera footage and witness accounts identified Kimura, who was arrested on Thursday.

Bear in mind, this is a far cry from "his face was clearly visible in the footage and so was his car's license plate."

Analysis, hmmm? What sort of analysis are we talking about I wonder? More details we plebes are apparently not equipped to fathom.

Police said he has denied the allegation.

Only two kinds of people do that 1) the guilty and 2) the innocent.

I won't claim to know which until I see some actual evidence rather than get a thin accounting in words.

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it goes to show anyone could be mentally distorted, regardless .

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Old Sausage Today 04:30 pm JST

My guess, without any proof whatsoever, is that the monk is suffering from a mental illness.

Let me be the first to advocate banning anyone from using "a knife or something similar."

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Being bald and involuntarily celibate is never an excuse to go around stabbing young women.

Hi Jay.

Whoever told you that Japanese monks are celibate (involuntarily or not) was pulling your leg.

Meat? Yum, yum

Alcohol? Go for it.

Sex? Why not?

All part of the monk's mantra in Japan.

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The first comment is blaming mental illness, typical excuse. But if someone else does the same crime the first comment is calling for executions, cruel and unusual punishment

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What could possibly be the motive for doing this??

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Another cowardly piece of human refuse who needs dealing with. Probably a complete sociopath and misfit. 10 years in prison would be appropriate.

I just hope the poor girl recovers mentally as well as physically.

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Bob, I would said:

Religion, “giving people an excuse to kill since the dawn of time” ..maybe more accurate

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Ok, let me start off by saying that I feel sorry for the victim. If I had a daughter who had been attacked whilst walking home, I'd be out for blood from whom-so-ever did that.

That said, let's look at the way this News story has been presented.

Police said an analysis of street surveillance camera footage and witness accounts identified Kimura, who was arrested on Thursday. Police said he has denied the allegation.

This does not say much... baring "Yeah I saw that him near the Girl".

Did those witnesses accounts mention that the Monk was seen to actually attack the Girl (with an object), did the Surveillance video footage show something that is not being reported here. Was he seen to be running away from the scene of the Crime ?

@Moderator - is there something missing from the penultimate paragraph ?

Granted I was a bit hasty, as one bit that I did pay less attention to, was the 9 day lag between the actual Crime and the Arrest ...a 9 day lag between such Crime and the actual arrest is quite long, was he detained before then - perhaps at the scene of the crime or shortly thereafter ? Perhaps the words "formally arrested" should have been used instead in the article, as in Japan, the Police can detain/question suspects without an arrest, and a high profile "Formal arrest" often involves prearranged TV Camera's etc. being present... (seen from Personal experience)

Clearly this is going to be very reputationally damaging for the Koenji Temple... maybe someone has a grudge against them ?

Did the Girl require stitches ? The Hospital said that it would "take a week to heal" - which sounds a bit like a scratch from Personal experience. So perhaps, was she instead, Physically molested by the Monk and scratched during that Crime - and are we instead seeing one type of Crime being covered up by another - the lesser of two Evils in order to protect the reputation of the Temple ?

Whatever happened to good old investigative Journalism these days ?

Sadly, these days - questioning what we read appears to be something that can get us into trouble both in and outside of the Home.

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This does not say much... baring "Yeah I saw that him near the Girl".

Precisely because it does not say much it is invalid to blindly assume the arrested monk was just "seen near the girl", he could have been seen during the attack, or in a middle ground (running with the knife, etc.) there is footage and witness, it is not difficult to think there can be a clear unequivocal link.

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The name of the temple is actually Joenji.

Moderator: Sorry about the typo.

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