A man who stabbed to death 19 residents at a care home in Japan for people with disabilities has been sentenced to death.
Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara, south-west of Tokyo, carried out the attack in 2016, in which residents were targeted as they slept.
Twenty-four other residents and two care workers were injured in what is one of post-war Japan’s worst mass killings.
The 30-year-old admitted to the rampage during hearings at Yokohama district court but pleaded not guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility, with his lawyers claiming he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder at the time of the attack.
He was sentenced to death by hanging.
Uematsu told the court last month he would not appeal against his sentence, no matter what it may be, newspaper Mainichi reported.
Police said Uematsu, described by neighbours as polite and helpful, was motivated by a deep-seated hatred of people with disabilities. He told police after his arrest that society would be better off if disabled people “disappeared”.
Certain of the Fabians – the Webbs perhaps – would be arguing for a medal for such actions.