NAGASAKI – The first-year high school student arrested for allegedly killing and dismembering her classmate in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, told her stepmother about her desire to kill someone a few days before the grisly slaying last month, and her parents then attempted to admit her in a psychiatric ward but failed, her father revealed Monday through a lawyer.
According to the lawyer, while in a car on the way to a psychiatric consultation on July 23, the girl — with a serious look on her face — told her mother she found it fun to kill cats, and then said she wanted to kill a person.
The lawyer also made public an account written by the father about the family’s exchanges during psychiatric consultations.
According to the document, the mother told the psychiatrist about the girl’s homicide wish on July 23, but the specialist terminated the session by saying, “We don’t have time today.”
The father said that the doctor lacked a sense of urgency.
The lawyer said the account was solely given by the father and not verified by consulting the hospital.
The day before the July 26 killing of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo in the suspect’s apartment, the suspect’s parents visited the psychiatric ward and asked if that hospital or another institution could admit her. The request was not granted after the doctor said she would have to be assigned an individual room and other hospitals would find it difficult to meet that requirement, according to the father.
About 20 days before the murder, the doctor told her parents that the girl had killed a cat and suggested that they consult police, according to the father’s account.
On July 25, the day before Matsuo was killed, the parents, after speaking with the doctor, decided to check with a child consultation center instead of bringing the girl directly to the attention of the police, according to the father’s account.
The father called the child consultation center in Sasebo that day but was told that staff had already left for the day and he was asked to call back on Monday, July 28. The father then found out the center is also open on Sundays and decided to go there that Sunday morning, according to the account.
The lawyer said the girl had been seeing a psychiatrist after she hit and injured the father with a baseball bat in March.
The father was told by the psychiatrist around that time that his life would be in danger if he continued to live with his daughter, according to the lawyer. The girl moved to the condominium in April.
She was arrested July 27 after the classmate’s mutilated body was found in the condo.