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SDF member to be indicted for murder of 82-year-old man in Kyoto in December

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The Kyoto District Public Prosecutors Office has decided to indict a 21-year-old member of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for fatally stabbing an 82-year-old man on the staircase of his apartment building in Kyoto in December.

Prosecutors made the decision Friday to indict Yukito Mizushima after three months of psychiatric tests deemed him mentally fit to stand trial, Kyodo News reported.

Mizushima is accused of stabbing Kojiro Okada with a knife several times at around 8 p.m. on Dec 3. Another resident of the building in Higashiyama Ward called 119 at around 8:50 p.m. and said a man was lying on a staircase landing between the second and third floors, bleeding from several wounds to his back. Okada was taken to hospital where he died 45 minutes later due to loss of blood.

Police said Mizushima surfaced as a suspect after an analysis of surveillance camera footage taken outside the victim’s apartment building. The stairs are accessible from outside the building.

Mizushima was arrested on Dec 10 as he was leaving a lodging facility in Tokyo. He had in his possession an all-purpose knife with a blade over 10 centimeters long.

Police said he admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying, “I didn't know the victim. I didn’t care who I killed. Anybody would have done."

Police said Mizushima also told them he would have killed someone else again at random if he hadn't been arrested.

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So training from military includes how to neutralize 82-year-old man using sharp object?

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stabbing an 82-year-old man with a knife several times to his back

surprised he didn't claim self-defence...

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Police said he admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying, “I didn't know the victim. I didn’t care who I killed. Anybody would have done."

Every time I read this line it annoys the hell out of me. There are so many horrible people out there who deserve it. But these types always murder completely innocent people for no reason.

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Police said Mizushima also told them he would have killed someone else again at random if he hadn't been arrested.

now can we keep him off the streets forever and not try to reform him?

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To think a mitary man who supposedly offered to lay down his life if necessary to defend is country despite overwhelming enemy forces protecting the weak and vulnerable such as his on victim. This goes beyond murder. It is the same kind of threachery when a healthcare worker kills patients, a pilot intentionally kills his passengers, this is the ultimate betrayal, deserving the most eminent punishment.

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Why did it take three months of psychiatric tests to evaluate this murderer, I wonder if any time was given to the victims families care.

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