Two 15-year-old boys arrested last month for assault and attempted murder after they allegedly beat up and threw an 8-year-old boy into the sea in Omuta City had their case referred to the Kurume branch of the Fukuoka Family Court on Tuesday.
Police said the two boys, along with three other boys aged 11-12, accosted the third-grade elementary school boy in a store on Aug 6 and took him to a park where they punched and kicked him, and burned him with lit cigarettes. They then took the boy to a harbor about 700 meters away and threw him into the water.
The boy managed to climb up a ladder back onto the pier, but he sustained bone fractures and other serious injuries in the prolonged attack. He was spotted by an officer on patrol after his parents had reported him missing.
One of the boys arrested was quoted by police as saying: “We didn’t want the injuries we gave him to be discovered, so we tried to kill him.”
Police added the other boy arrested recorded the violence with his mobile phone camera, which showed the victim crying and being attacked for several minutes in the park.© Wire reports