The Tokyo High Court has upheld an appeal for a reduction in prison time by a former caregiver at a nursing home, who was sentenced to 16 years for killing an 83-year-old resident at the facility in 2017.
The high court reduced the Tokyo District Court sentence by two years, accepting the defense appeal that the defendant, Hisashi Minakawa, 28, was stressed out at the time of the crime, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to the ruling, the killing took place early on the morning of Aug 22, 2017, at the nursing home in Nakano Ward. Minakawa was charged with strangling Kan Fujisawa, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, and placing the unconscious victim in a bathtub which he then filled with hot water. The cause of death was drowning.
Minakawa was on a night shift with another worker on the night of the homicide but alone with Fujisawa in the bathing facility. After his arrest, Minakawa told police he couldn’t stand it anymore after Fujisawa repeatedly wet his bed.
Prior to his arrest he had told the police he found the victim dead after he was away tending an emergency call within the nursing home. But there was no record of such a call, according to the police.
Minakawa quit his job at the facility in late September 2017.© Japan Today/Kyodo