Man who murdered 19 people at disability care home in Japan is sentenced to death

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A Japanese man has been sentenced to death for the stabbing murder of 19 disabled people at a care home, in one of the country’s worst mass killings.

Satoshi Uematsu never disputed his involvement in the grisly rampage but his lawyers entered a plea of not guilty, arguing the 30-year-old was suffering a “mental disorder” linked to his use of marijuana.

The court ruled that the former employee of the facility deserved no leniency over the 2016 attack, which shocked the country.

“The lives of 19 people were taken away. This is profoundly grave,” chief judge Kiyoshi Aonuma told the court. Uematsu planned the murders and had “an extreme intention to kill”, he added.

-Noah Harte