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Man who stabbed four relatives, killing 6-year-old girl, to undergo psychiatric evaluation

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A 46-year-old man who was arrested after stabbing four relatives, one of whom died, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation for three months to determine if he can be held criminally responsible for his actions.

Chiba prefectural prosecutors said they will determine whether to try Motomu Oda based on the findings of the psychiatric tests, Sankei Shimbun reported Saturday.

The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on May 13 in an izakaya (Japanese-style pub) in Inage Ward, Chiba City. Oda was seated with his younger sister, her husband and their two daughters, aged 6 and 1. Witnesses said Oda started arguing with the family about 10 minutes after they entered the izakaya.

He pulled out a knife and started stabbing the group. The six-year-old girl, Ayumi Takagi, sustained a fatal knife wound to her lungs, while her father, 44, and mother 42, received multiple injuries. The 1-year-old girl suffered minor injuries to her head and face.

Oda, a former Chiba city assembly member who now lives in Okinawa, remained in the izakaya after the attack. Police said that he brought the knife with him. He has refused to answer any questions and has been rambling incomprehensibly since his arrest, prosecutors said.

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All all they have to prove to make him criminally liable is whether he knew right from wrong when he committed those Acts

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Don't get wrapped around the wheel about mental illness etcetera of course he's mentally ill if he's stabbing people but he can still be held criminally liable

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He was stabbing little babies in the face he deserves to drop

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I think his mental instability has already be proven, but the fact he brought the knife with him shows intent and he is liable.

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This really points up the total incompetence of the psychiatric industry.

THREE MONTHS to find out whether he can be held responsible for murder!

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@BertieWooster

This really points up the total incompetence of the psychiatric industry.

THREE MONTHS to find out whether he can be held responsible for murder!

And your comment shows your lack of understanding of the 'psychiatric industry'.

It is a three month assessment to see whether he can be help criminally responsible. What do you expect, a quick 5 minute questionnaire?

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the fact he brought the knife with him shows intent and he is liable.

Not necessarily. If he was in the throes of paranoid psychosis he could have been carrying a knife for whatever reason his mind dreamed up.

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WoosterJune 17  09:36 am JST

“This really points up the total incompetence of the psychiatric industry. 

THREE MONTHS to find out whether he can be held responsible for murder!”

Don’t see how you drew that conclusion. My understanding is that these evaluations routinely involve multiple interviews over a period of time by more than one doctor. The aim is to ensure accuracy and protect the rights of the suspect, not to produce a knee jerk instant judgement of the subject’s mental competency.

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THREE MONTHS to find out whether he can be held responsible for murder!”

Don’t see how you drew that conclusion.

I'd bet good money that the conclusion was drawn without any knowledge of how the system works, nor any psychiatric background whatsoever. Just a random attack on psychiatrists without knowing how the job works, why it would take three months, and whether or not that's a reasonable amount of time.

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I think we can safely assume that anyone who does this is insane...so what's the point? So he can plea insanity...sorry he needs to be put away because he obviously poses a huge danger to society.

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Mirai HayashiToday  09:29 am JST

“I think we can safely assume that anyone who does this is insane...so what's the point?”

Here we have a fundamental lack of understanding of the legal system. There is a difference between people who are unhinged enough to do such a thing and those who are so unhinged as to be unable to discern right from wrong and who will be declared unable to bear legal redponsibility for their actions. That doesn’t mean they won’t be “put away”.

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Oda, a former Chiba city assembly member.......He pulled out a knife and started stabbing the group. The six-year-old girl, Ayumi Takagi, sustained a fatal knife wound to her lungs, while her father, 44, and mother 42, received multiple injuries. The 1-year-old girl suffered minor injuries to her head and face.

Just gonna leave that one hang there like that. Nuff said.

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