A Tokyo court sentenced a 37-year-old man to 19 years in jail on Friday for randomly stabbing three commuter train passengers in Tokyo in August 2021.
Yusuke Tsushima agreed to the accusation of attempted murder against the three victims, and the Tokyo District Court found that he “attacked passengers randomly one after another with a strong intent to kill.”
The defendant’s defense team asked for a 15-year sentence instead of the 20 years that the prosecution had requested, stating that the defendant’s murderous intent was not sufficiently strong.
Tsushima apologized and stated he was persuaded by the prosecution’s demand for a 20-year sentence in his closing argument at the trial.
Tsushima is accused of stabbing a 20-year-old university student multiple times in the chest and back on August 6, 2021, along with a lady in her 50s and a man in his 30s, aboard an Odakyu Electric Railway train.