A patient at a psychiatric hospital has died after being assaulted by a male nursing assistant, police said Wednesday.
The 69-year-old patient, admitted for psychiatric care at Seimo Hospital in Tomioka, was reportedly left unconscious after being repeatedly punched, TBS quoted police as saying.
The male nurse, identified as 23-year-old Kei Hirokawa, was arrested on Tuesday night. Police said he assaulted the man at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. The victim was left in a coma following the attack and passed away on Tuesday night, police said.
During police questioning, Hirokawa was quoted as saying that he became exasperated by the patient struggling and lashing out whenever he tried to help him or change his diapers.© Japan Today