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Dad of alleged schoolgirl murderer dies in apparent suicide in Sasebo

Kyodo

The father of the 16-year-old girl who was arrested in July in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, on suspicion of killing and dismembering a female classmate was found hanged Sunday in an apparent suicide, police said.

The 53-year-old man was found in his Sasebo home.

His death could make it even harder for investigators to determine the girl’s motive for the grisly crime, sources familiar with the case said, noting that he had been cooperative.

The girl allegedly strangled her 15-year-old classmate to death on July 26 before mutilating the corpse at the suspect’s apartment in Sasebo, where she lived alone. She was arrested the next day.

The teen started living alone earlier this year after her mother died from cancer last year. Her father remarried shortly afterward.

The girl began seeing a psychiatrist after seriously injuring her father with a metal baseball bat in March, a lawyer said.

She is currently in a medical facility undergoing psychological evaluation at the request of prosecutors.

The father had asked a school official not to reveal the beating, the Nagasaki prefectural board of education said in a report last month.

After the slaying, the father issued a statement apologizing to the victim’s family. He said his daughter’s act “can never be forgiven for any reason or cause.”

In the statement, the father said he “was losing his confidence in his ability to continue living, as (the crime) cannot be compensated” even with his own life.

He also revealed through his lawyer that he had asked his daughter’s psychiatrist to have her hospitalized the day before the killing after she confided to her stepmother that she “wanted to kill someone,” and that his request was rejected.

  • Shara Bingham Mills

    That poor man. He could have just moved out of Japan. It’s the parents who never suffer missing a nights sleep after their child’s acts have taken a life that deserve to face death than those that do. God, please have mercy on his soul, Amen.

    • John

      This god you speak of: same one who created the murderer, allowed the murder and the suicide and all that?
      Religious people and their stupidity never fails

      • planetofthemage

        The way you twist a genuine expression of sympathy into a potshot at religion is awful.

      • Shara Bingham Mills

        God doesn’t make murders, men do. They have a weird culture in Japan, a an ignorance about who God is all over the world. I understand your confusion. Your not original in asking that question. God doesn’t make diseased minds, He understands them, even yours. Go in peace babe, life is short.

      • Oliver Mackie

        “God doesn’t make murders, men do.”

        No women involved, then?

        Also….

        “It’s the parents who never suffer missing a nights sleep after their child’s acts have taken a life that deserve to face death than those that do.”

        It’s the parents who never suffer missing a night’s sleep after their child’s acts have taken a life that deserve to face death, rather than those that do.

        “Your not original in asking that question.”

        You’re not original in asking that question.

      • planetofthemage

        Grammar attacks are the lowest form of argument.

      • Oliver Mackie

        Hardly, and anyway it wasn’t an attack (the attack was the first part of the post.) If you’re a native speaker and can’t even take the time to proofread your post then you clearly aren’t being very serious about the whole thing and certainly shouldn’t start accusing certain cultures of being ‘weird’ or making ridiculous assertions like, “he should have just moved out of Japan.”

      • planetofthemage

        On the internet, it’s best not to assume anyone is a native English speaker.

        I agree with your second point, but I don’t see there being any assertion that someone should leave Japan.

      • Paul Johnny Lynn

        The O.P. said “…he could have just moved out of Japan…”, which seems to indicate a lack of understanding and common sense on her part in my opinion.

      • Oliver Mackie

        The poster’s name suggested a native speaker, but your point is indeed valid. I included my corrections as either a ‘heads-up’ to a native speaker or language assistance to a non-native.

        I edited my post to ‘could’ whilst you were typing your response, but the absurdity level of the initial claim is unchanged.

      • Paul Johnny Lynn

        Agreed. If the O.P. IS a native English speaker her language is messed up, difficult to understand. As to her opinions, well, everyone’s entitled to their own.

      • Shara Bingham Mills

        Thanks. If you go to my blog TheCrankyNative@blogspot.com, you’ll figure out why the editing sucks. Between the inoperable brain mass, Sjogrens brain fog and early alzheimers and a plethora of neurological problems, I think I get my message across. Not perfectly but I do.

        Let me fill in for you. That girl left home and got her emancipation even though she was known to have mental problems. I don’t have to be grossed out by Japan because I live there, I’m grossed out by it from here. For the love of Pete, they sell dirty underwear in street dispensers! They have a pediphelic society aimed at imagining raping young women and school girls.

        The secrecy of the Japanese government is appalling. The Fukushima disaster has polutted the food chain, killed our service men and women that tried to save their asses and now the media has to back peddle the truth about anything negative that comes to light about that reactor accident and the continuing saga.

        These aren’t the acts of women. These are the acts of cowardice men. Yes, women kill. I live in America, you can see from my blog that I know women murders well.

        Now, Oliver, if you have nothing better to do than correct my spelling, I could use an editor. I’m afraid you might try to change what I mean though, so I’ll just push on spelling my words however, hoping that smarter people than you can get what I’m saying.

      • Oliver Mackie

        “I don’t have to be grossed out by Japan because I live there, I’m grossed out by it from here. For the love of Pete, they sell dirty underwear in street dispensers! They have a pediphelic society aimed at imagining raping young women and school girls.”

        Wow, what can I say? This chunk alone shows that not only in this case do you know nothing about the topic you are supposedly discussing. Also, your blog shows that you spend your time ‘discussing’ many more topics, all of which you clearly know nothing about.

        The vile comments that you make here mean that any sympathy I have (on principle) for people suffering from any affliction is withdrawn in your case. Indeed, I will go so far as to say this:

        As your Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological problems worsen, depriving the world of your thoughts, it will become a better place.

        Remember, you started this…..

  • rossdorn

    I feel pity for the father, but one also has to see reality…

    If a 16 year old commits an act like this, surely the parents are the ones that are responsible.
    This is not a subject to make excuses, and it seems the father understood that.

    • Firas Kraïem

      “surely the parents are the ones that are responsible.”

      With such a simplistic worldview, you’re not really in any position to to tell people to “see reality”.

      • rossdorn

        Why don’t you, with all your wisdom, give us an explanation, that is more true?

      • rossdorn

        Firas…

        I am waiting….