18-year-old youth gets 15 years for murdering grandparents
An 18-year-old youth on Friday was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of his grandparents in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, on March 26 this year.
The youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was accused of stabbing to death his grandfather Masaaki Ozawa, 73, and his grandmother Chieko, 77, at their home. The couple’s eldest daughter, who had been unable to contact her parents, went to the apartment with police and found them lying on the kitchen floor, covered by boxes and blankets. Next to their bodies was the knife used in the killings.
In handing down his ruling, the presiding judge said the defendant was fully responsible for his actions and planned the murder carefully, TV Asahi reported Friday.
During his testimony, the suspect said his mother, 41—who was also arrested—pressured him to get money from his grandparents even if it meant killing them. He said he was never able to receive an education due to his mother’s spending.
On April 29, police arrested the victims’ grandson and his mother—the victims’ second oldest daughter—after they withdrew 80,000 yen from the bank account of the grandparents. The suspect said he got the PIN number from his mother who is currently serving time for robbery.
The suspect’s lawyer said he intends to appeal the sentence.