A man who stabbed his ex-wife on a street in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in May, and then caused a car crash while he was fleeing from the scene, was jailed for 12 years by the Yokohama district court on Thursday.
The court heard that the 31-year-old woman was attacked by a knife-wielding man while she was walking her child to school at around 8 a.m., Fuji TV reported. A local resident called 110. The woman, who suffered a knife wound to her neck, was hospitalized for several weeks, but was able to identify the assailant as her ex-husband, Shimon Sadakari, 32.
Sadakari left a blood-stained knife in a nearby parking lot. About 50 minutes after the attack, he was involved in a four-vehicle crash at an intersection in Hatano, seven kilometers away from where his ex-wife was stabbed. When he was arrested, Sadakari told police that he took a lot of sleeping pills prior to the crash.
Prosecutors had sought an 18-year jail term for Sadakari.© Japan Today