The 19-year-old son of an American Air Force officer stationed at Yokota Air Base in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, was found guilty by the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo district court for tying a length of rope across a public road in August of last year, causing serious injury to a female motorcyclist. In the Nov 12 ruling, he was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for three years.
In the incident, the defendant and three teenage friends (also children of military personnel) tied a rope across the road causing the 24-year-old woman, who was riding a small motorbike to fall and fracture her skull. The man, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but the charge was reduced to obstruction of traffic and causing injury. His friends who were aged 16-18 were not charged and remanded into the custody of the U.S. military. They have since left Japan.
In handing down his ruling, the judge said: "This incident had no purpose or clear motive. It was nothing but troublemaking, dangerous, illegal and vicious."© Compiled from news reports