Prosecutors in Nagoya have decided to have 42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of killing his wife and their two children undergo a psychiatric test to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Prosecutors said the suspect, Daisuke Tanaka, will undergo tests for three months until Jan 13 before they make a decision on whether to have him stand trial, Kyodo News reported.
Tanaka turned himself in at a police station on Aug 13, accompanied by relatives. He was arrested for killing his wife Tomoko, 42, 9-year-old daughter Chiyu and 6-year-old son Tora.
Following his arrest, Tanaka was quoted by police as saying he killed Tomoko in a fit of rage after an argument. She died from suffocation, while Chiyu was stabbed in the chest and Tora choked.
The siblings were found dead inside a station wagon in Inuyama, while the body of their mother was found in their home in Fuso.
Tanaka had cuts on his neck and arms and said that he had tried to kill himself.© Japan Today/KYODO