OITA – The Oita District Court on Monday ordered a 17-year-old boy — who in August 2000 attacked a family of six in Nosu, Oita Prefecture, killing three and seriously injuring the three others — and the boy’s parents to pay 100 million yen in damages for the crime.
The fine is also to penalize the parents for having neglected their parental duties toward their son.
According to presiding Judge Yasuji Isshi, the incident occurred because the parents neglected to supervise their son, despite being aware that he posed a threat to society.
The lawsuit was filed by 67-year-old farmer Kazumasa Iwasaki, who demanded 100 million yen.
Iwasaki lost his wife, daughter and grandson in the attack. The remaining three members of the family — himself and two other grandchildren — were seriously wounded in the knife attack. Iwasaki has developed nervous disorders since the attack.
The boy and his parents have admitted full responsibility.
According to the judge, although the boy had a behavioral disorder at the time, he was still responsible for his actions.
The boy, arrested shortly after he broke into the Iwasaki home and attacked the family, has been sent to a juvenile medical treatment facility.
His name is being withheld because he is a minor. He was 15 years old and a first-year high school student when he committed the murders.
Iwasaki’s son-in-law and two grandchildren have filed a civil suit, seeking about 240 million yen in damages against the same defendants.
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