A 26-year-old unemployed man who was arrested in Sakai, Osaka, for injuring a woman after he threw a bicycle from the 12th floor of a 14-story municipal apartment building, has been given a suspended sentence.
The Sakai branch of the Osaka District Court sentenced Naoki Izutani to 18 months, suspended for three years after finding him guilty on a charge of attempted murder, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.
According to the indictment, surveillance camera footage showed Izutani using the apartment building elevator just after the incident at around 3 p.m. on Aug 28 last year, Fuji TV reported.
The bicycle hit and injured a 76-year-old woman walking below. A male passerby contacted police to report that a woman was collapsed on the ground in the courtyard, bleeding from the head, after a bike had landed on her. The mangled bicycle was nearby.
The woman, who lives in the building, was taken to hospital with a 15-cm gash in her forehead.
Izutani admitted to the charge and said he had lost his temper after arguing with a relative and threw the bike from the stairwell. However, he said he didn't think it would hit anyone.
The court accepted his explanation that he acted without thinking of the consequences and that there was no intent to kill or injure anyone.© Japan Today