A former nursing home employee has been sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally assaulting a female resident at the facility in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture.
According to the ruling by the Saitama District Court, Takahiro Oyoshi, 30, was arrested after it was discovered that in 2010, while working at the Flower Hill nursing home in Kasukabe, he had repeatedly hit a newly-admitted 95-year-old woman countless times in the chest and other areas, TV Asahi reported. The elderly woman eventually died from the physical abuse.
In handing down the sentence, the presiding judge said that Oyoshi's victim was completely powerless to resist her attacker's blows. The judge told Oyoshi that as a caregiver, it was his job to protect and care for the residents of Flower Hill.
Prosecutors had sought a 10-year prison term.© Japan Today