OSAKA — One of the three psychiatrists conducting a psychological assessment of Mamoru Takuma, the man suspected of killing eight children in a June 8 stabbing spree at a school in Osaka Prefecture, has suggested that Takuma was mentally competent when he allegedly committed the crime, Takuma’s lawyer said Friday.
Takuma, 37, said the doctor told him that the assessment interviews were finished, according to attorney Shigeki Todani. The suspect also said the doctor had earlier said that a trial may take place, indicating that Takuma is mentally fit to stand trial, the lawyer said.
The lawyer met Takuma Friday at the Osaka Detention House where he has been detained.
Takuma has been undergoing weekly psychological testing since mid-July. The doctors are expected to compile their findings and make a final decision by Oct. 7, the end of detention period.
Takuma was arrested June 8 after he allegedly stabbed eight pupils to death and wounded 15 others, including two teachers, at Ikeda Elementary School. He was later turned over to prosecutors on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Todani said the doctor’s suggestion that Takuma is mentally fit to stand trial did not seem to surprise Takuma, and said his client is prepared for the case to be tried in court.
Todani added that Takuma showed no reaction upon hearing that a temporary school building being erected at the state-run elementary school was completed Aug. 15, in time for the start of the classes next week.
The current school building is to be torn down and a new school built on the same site.
ID cards to be issued
OSAKA — Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka Prefecture has produced a crisis management manual and will issue ID cards for parents and teachers in the wake of the June massacre of eight children at the school.
The ID cards come as many schools are trying to open their facilities for the benefit of local residents.
Ikeda school officials again apologized Thursday for lax crisis management and poor security measures and distributed copies of a “repentance and apology” statement prepared by Principal Yoshio Yamane, the officials said.
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