• Kyodo


Lawyers representing the 11-year-old girl who has admitted killing her classmate at a primary school in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, asked a family court Friday for their client to be subjected to a psychiatric examination, they said.

The Sasebo branch of the Nagasaki Family Court, which has decided to start juvenile court procedures on the girl in the presence of three judges, has shown readiness to accede to this request, the lawyers said.

The girl is to remain in custody until June 29, by which time the court proceedings are expected to end. Her detention will be extended if she undergoes a psychiatric exam.

She killed Satomi Mitarai, 12, by slashing her throat with a box cutter in a study room at Okubo Elementary School on June 1.