The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Tuesday sentenced a 29-year-old man to two years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting a 17-year-old boy who asked him to stop smoking on a train.
According to the court ruling, the incident occurred aboard a train operating between Suzumenomiya and Jichi Medical University stations on the JR Utsunomiya Line at around noon on Jan 23, Kyodo News reported. The defendant, Kazuma Miyamoto, a restaurant employee, was smoking an e-cigarette. The boy, a high school student, approached Miyamoto and asked him to stop smoking.
At the time, the boy was with four classmates. After he asked Miyamoto to stop smoking, Miyamoto stood toe to toe with the boy who pushed him back. Miyamoto then started punching and kicking the boy while his classmates tried to break them apart.
When the train arrived at Jichi Medical University Station, Miyamoto starting hitting the boy again once they were on the platform. The boy sustained serious injuries, including a fracture to his right cheek.
Miyamoto fled the scene at Jichi Medical University Station by hopping onto a train. However, he was arrested at around midnight in Utsunomiya.© Japan Today