The Nagoya District Court on Thursday sentenced a 34-year-old man to 3 1/2 years in prison for attempting to kill a truck driver after a dispute on the Tomei Expressway in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture, in February.
Prosecutors had sought a four-year sentence for Yoshimichi Tsutsumi who tailgated a 43-year-old truck driver on the expressway at around 2 a.m. on Feb 21, Fuji TV reported.
The court heard that the truck merged onto a lane along the expressway, getting in front of the car being driven by Tsutsumi,.
Tsutsumi apparently got upset and started tailgating the truck. The truck driver moved into a slower lane. However, Tsutsumi got in front of him and slowed down, forcing the truck to stop on the shoulder of the road.
The truck driver told police Tsutsumi got out of the car and started yelling at him that he was in a hurry and expressing anger at him for moving into the lane in front of him. He then said he would kill the truck driver and started to beat his face and legs with a fake metal sword. The victim suffered a fracture to his right knee.
Tsutsumi, who worked for a wrecking company at the time, was arrested after an analysis of the truck’s dashboard camera caught images of his car. He admitted he got angry and assaulted the truck driver but denied intent to kill.© Japan Today