Grandfather accused of murdering girl in central Japan under psychiatric evaluation .




This Sept. 10, 2020 photo shows the area near a site in the city of Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, where the dead body of a high school girl was found. (Mainichi/Riki Iwama)

FUKUI -- Police have commenced two months of detention for an 86-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 16-year-old granddaughter for an expert evaluation to determine whether he is competent to take criminal responsibility for his alleged actions.

The 86-year-old man, Susumu Tomizawa, was arrested on suspicion of murdering his granddaughter Tomomi Tomizawa, 16, a second-year high school student, in a house in the central Japan city of Fukui. The Fukui District Public Prosecutors Office announced on Sept. 24 that it would detain him until Nov. 20 to evaluate whether he is competent to assume criminal responsibility. Sources close to the investigation noted that he is showing signs that suggest he may have dementia.

While the suspect has apparently been making statements admitting to the allegations against him, there have also been gaps in his conversation with investigators, according to the sources. Furthermore, he had been drinking alcohol at the time of the incident, so investigators apparently determined that it was necessary to carefully examine whether he is mentally competent to be held responsible for the crime, and if he is, the degree of such responsibility.

According to Fukui Prefectural Police, the suspect allegedly murdered his granddaughter on the night of Sept. 9 by stabbing her in the neck and other places on the upper body multiple times in a house in the Kuromarujocho district of the city of Fukui. He was arrested the following day, and made statements such as, "I got irritated at my grandchild's way of speaking," and "We got into an argument, and I stabbed her."

(Japanese original by Sho Ohara, Fukui Bureau)