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Ex-nurse gets life in prison for killing 3 elderly patients at Yokohama hospital

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A 34-year-old former nurse at a hospital was sentenced to life in prison in Yokohama on Tuesday for killing three terminally ill patients by injecting a disinfectant into their intravenous drip bag.

The Yokohama District Court handed down the ruling against Ayumi Kuboki, who had pleaded guilty at the start of her trial, Fuji TV reported. Prosecutors had sought a death sentence.

Kuboki was found guilty of killing Nobuo Yamaki and Sozo Nishikawa, both 88, who were in the same terminal-care ward at Oguchi Hospital, as well as Asae Okitsu, 78.

Kuboki worked at the hospital, which has since been renamed Yokohama Hajime Hospital, from mid-2015 until early 2017. Prosecutors said that between July and Sept 20, 2016, 48 patients died at the hospital, including five patients on a single day in late August and four on one day in early September, but Kuboki has only admitted to killing three patients.

After her arrest, Kuboki said she injected the disinfectant into their drips so they would die when she was off duty. She told police that if the patients died while she was not at work, she wouldn’t have to go through the ordeal of discussing their deaths with bereaved family members.

Kuboki was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for three months after her arrest and although she showed signs of autism, she was judged mentally fit to stand trial and responsible for her actions.

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Definitely mentally fit. We would of course come to the same conclusion. A non-mentally fit would have confessed to all the deaths.

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Another person with mental illness.

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In other country we would be presented with evidence, and we would discuss if there if the evidence proves without any doubt that the defendant if guilty.

Not in the j-justice, where (forced) confession is the only evidence.

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They should add mandatory hard labor to that life sentence.

The hospital she worked for should also be under investigation for hiring her.

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Should be plenty of time for her to reflect on the pain she inflected, I hope she will never be free again.

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Did they ask her if the patients, who were terminally ill, wanted to be let go? Sounds like they didn't do much investigating before serving her a life sentence in prison.

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No solace for the families of the deceased and the MANY with still unanswered questions:

*- “Prosecutors said that between Jul - Sept 20, 2016, 48 patients died at the hospital, including five patients on a single day in late Aug and 4 on one day in early Sept, but Kuboki has only admitted to killing 3 patients.” -*

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Within months of starting work there, this woman was ‘losing it’:

*- “Beginning about half a year before the death of Nishikawa, a series of suspicious incidents occurred at the [formerly-named Oguchi} hospital in Yokohama's Kanagawa Ward. In Apr, shredded nurses' aprons were found; in Jun, part of a patient's medical records was lost; and in Aug, a nurse tasted what she believes was bleach in a bottled drink.” *

*- “According to her mother, Kuboki told her she was afraid of working at the hospital at night and wanted to quit her job.” -*

*- “Shortly after police began investigating the deaths, the nurse told Kyodo News that she was not involved in the incidents and had not noticed anything unusual at the hospital. While flatly denying that she laced medical drips with poisonous substances, the nurse said she was "shocked" by the incidents and "felt very sorry for the victims as well as their families." -*

Young people need to thoroughly explore the benefits and the pitfalls of a vocation before committing their college education & livelihood to it. As well, medical institutions need to thoroughly vet the emotional maturity and mental stability of any care worker candidates before entrusting this kind of responsibility.

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@snowymountaininhell,

Based on what I have seen so far, many of the staff working at Nursing Home and elderly people hospitals are there because they can't get a job anywhere else, like the last resort, some I will never even consider giving them a job, they lack the proper training and are there to just get some cash until they find another job. This industry is a disaster and everyone at the city office knows it.

It is funded by the government nursing care insurance system and the private owners of these facilities are doing it without the proper training or even education.

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Coincidentally(?) Yomiuri TV’s “Gyoten” is airing such a black widow mystery at 9pm, one caseworker believed to be doing some very nefarious deeds against other staff.

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Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJSpkMPl3xM

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This woman was said to have showed signs of autism but was judged mentally fit to stand trial for her action. I am LMFO people who have autism, aspergers or on the spectrum tend to not know how to communicate, or show their feeling or actions. You can ask them what they think or feel and get a totally different answer if you asked them the same question 1 minute later. I think the people who investigated this case took the first answer she gave them and ran with it. If anything she should have been given a great length of time in a mental institution putting her in a prison is not the answer.

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Epilogue: (SPOILERS!) She got 24 years for multiple poisonings.

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I'm amazed she didn't receive the death penalty. That would have been the appropriate sentence for deliberate multiple murders.

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In what world do you except evident of a confession from an autistic person ????

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I wonder if she was asked to assist death of those patients.

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I would say the nurse was "evil" and not mentally ill.

Rest of her miserable lif in prison seems justice.

I suspect she will attempt suicide.

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Did they ask her if the patients, who were terminally ill, wanted to be let go? Sounds like they didn't do much investigating before serving her a life sentence in prison.

> I wonder if she was asked to assist death of those patients.

It's doubtful anybody asked to have Magic Clean injected into their bloodstream.

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Great! The punishment fit the crime!

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