A 19-year-old girl who was arrested in February on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman in Nagoya has also been charged with attempting to kill two classmates during her school years by poisoning them.
The girl has admitted to lacing her then 16-year-old friends' drinks on two occasions with thallium sulfate, an odorless and tasteless compound used as rat poison and an ant killer, Sankei reported.
The first incident took place at a karaoke parlor in Miyagi Prefecture on May 27, 2012. Afterwards, the girl who drank the poison suffered suffered stomach pains, as well as hair loss. The girl's father said his daughter still has vision problems and nerve damage.
In the second incident, which took place about a week later, the suspect put the poison in a PET bottle of water and gave it to a male friend to drink at school. The boy suffered vision problems, and pain in his arms and feet, police said.
The girl told police she bought the poison when she went to visit her parents in Yamagata Prefecture. Although the sale of poison is prohibited to anyone under 18, the girl used her father's credit card without his knowledge and told the store employee she was over 18 and that she needed the thallium for a school experiment.
The girl was arrested on Jan 27. Police said she used a hatchet to kill Tomoko Mori at her apartment last December. After her arrest, the suspect was quoted by police as saying she had wanted to kill someone ever since she was a child.
Prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether to try the suspect as an adult or a minor.
In February, weekly magazine Shukan Shincho took the unusual step of publishing the name and photos of the suspect. Under the Japanese Juvenile Law, she is considered a minor which means media cannot identify suspects under 20 by name or publish their photos.
The Shukan Shincho issue carried a story that included the name, photos and other details of the Nagoya University student under arrest.
In recent years, there has been an increase in violent crimes committed by minors, leading many media commentators to debate the legal taboo over publishing their names.
Shukan Shincho said the magazine wanted to publish the suspect's name and photo because they felt it important that the public know about this particularly brutal case.
However, some psychologists say that the privacy of juvenile suspects needs to be protected -- no matter how serious the alleged crime -- otherwise the rehabilitation process will be hampered.© Japan Today