School killer’s lawyers to seek psychiatric test for client

Kyodo

Lawyers representing the 11-year-old girl who has admitted killing a classmate at an elementary school here will ask the Nagasaki Family Court to conduct a psychiatric examination on her, one of the lawyers said Wednesday.

The Sasebo branch of the family court, which has decided to launch juvenile court procedures over the case with three judges in attendance, has shown readiness to carry out the examination, according to lawyer Mitsuo Hazama.

The lawyers initially felt that a psychiatric examination was unnecessary, but have now decided to seek one. They will file a request with the court by the end of the week.

“She shows emotional ups and downs,” said Hazama.

Three lawyers interviewed the girl for some 90 minutes earlier in the day, during which she shed tears and exhibited reluctance to talk about the incident, Hazama said.