• Kyodo


The Utsunomiya District Court sentenced a 26-year-old man with epilepsy to the maximum term of seven years in prison Monday for killing six children in a mobile crane accident last April in Tochigi Prefecture, even though his condition played a factor in the accident.

Presiding Judge Masanobu Sato said Masato Shibata “should have refrained from driving regardless of any circumstances. . . . The lack of due diligence caused grave consequences.”

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