Umeta Satoru, the man who attacked AKB48 members with saw, sentenced to 6 years


Umeta Satoru, the man who attacked and injured AKB48 members Iriyama Anna and Kawaei Rina in a saw attack, was sentenced to six years in jail.

The presiding judge at the Morioka district court said Umenta, 24, had done something “cruel and very hazardous which could have taken people’s lives”.

“The fear the victims had during the event, where they were meeting with fans, and the mental damage were significant,” judge Takehiko Okada said.

Umeta’s lawyers said their client had shown signs of schizophrenia and was suffering from frustration because of his poor communication skills.

At the time of the attack, Umeta told police he acted at random and had not specifically targeted the girl group.

“I wanted to kill where there were lots of people around. I didn’t care who [got hurt],” Umeta said.

His mother told local media she did not believe he was a fan of the group, having shown no prior interest in AKB48’s music.

The jail time is fine, but I sure as hell hope he gets help while he’s in there, because spending time in prison isn’t going to make this guy a functioning member of society in six years without it.


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