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Case involving 19-year-old accused of murder, arson sent back to prosecutors

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A 19-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of killing a married couple and torching their home in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, last October, was sent back to the Kofu District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday.

The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is accused of killing Seiji Inoue and his wife at their home on Oct 12. After fatally stabbing the couple at around 4 a.m., he set fire to the house.

The couple had two daughters. One of them told police she came downstairs after hearing a loud argument and saw a stranger quarreling with her father. The suspect punched her. Her older sister called police to report there was an intruder the house. The two sisters fled as the house was set on the fire.

The suspect, who turned himself in later, suffered burns to his face, Kyodo News reported.

According to a statement by the Kofu Family Court in Yamanashi Prefecture, “The defendant has failed to discuss the motive or purpose behind his crimes and does not display any remorse nor has he apologized for his offenses." The court therefore decided to send the suspect back to the public prosecutor’s office which is expected to indict him on murder-arson charges soon.

On April 1, Japan’s Juvenile Law was revised to impose harsher penalties for 18 and 19-year-olds, who were previously considered minors by law, including disclosing one’s full name to the public once they are formally charged.

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Well they’ve moved the goalposts for him. Bad timing for him.

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Have they moved the goalposts, *@nandakandamanda***? **Still somewhat confusing.

(Must be the phrasing of the initial posting at 4:24pm.)

What was the accused age at the time of the crimes on Oct 12, 2021 ? -

Does and will Japan’s recent change to a younger age of majority on Apr 1, 2022 have any bearing on the disposition of the defendant

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is the last paragraph just an additional note that Japan is presently transitioning several considerations of this nature?

- “On Apr 1, Japan’s Juvenile Law revised to impose harsher penalties for 18 - 19-year-olds, who were previously considered minors by law, including disclosing one’s full name to the public once they are formally charged.” -

*[name withheld] does not display any remorse nor has he apologized for his offenses." The court therefore decided to send the suspect back to the public prosecutor’s office which is expected to indict him on murder-arson charges soon.” -*

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The victims are always named, because they are voiceless, the names of these criminals are protected like endangered species.

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It begins

A 19-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of killing

Then

The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor,

which is it

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He punched the daughter in the face, too.

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Lamily -

Because it happened last year before they changed the age law this year.

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Im just happy Japan are finally able to see that just because they’re minors, doesn’t mean they’re excluded from committing horrible crimes like this, and that their name do not deserve to be protected

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