The Mito District Court in Ibaraki Prefecture has sentenced a 30-year-old man to nine years in prison for inflicting bodily injury resulting in the death of his nine-month-old daughter.
Kazuki Kura, an unemployed resident of Hitachinaka City, was convicted Monday of fatally abusing his daughter Hazuki in 2018, Sankei Shimbun reported. Prosecutors had requested a 13-year prison term.
Kura’s lawyers said he physically assaulted the infant as an outlet for his stress. During the closing argument, the defense team claimed that the defendant “was frustrated because the child wouldn’t bond with him.” Seeking a five-year prison sentence, the defense team further stated that Kura has “promised to undergo rehabilitation.”
According to the indictment, Hazuki suffered a fractured skull after being assaulted by Kura between August and September 2018. Then between October and November that year, Kura sporadically beat the infant’s head with his fist. She subsequently died from a traumatic brain injury.© Japan Today