March 16, 2020 / 5:25 AM / 24 days ago

Japanese man accused of killing 19 disabled people sentenced to death

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 16 (Reuters) - A Japanese man was sentenced to death on Monday for killing 19 disabled people in a knife-wielding rampage in 2016, one of post-war Japan’s worst mass killings.

Satoshi Uematsu, 30, has admitted to stabbing to death or injuring the victims at a care centre for people with mental disabilities. He had once worked in the facility, located in Sagamihara, southwest of Tokyo.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, writing by Elaine Lies; editing by Christian Schmollinger

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