5 youths arrested over death of 81-year-old homeless man
Japan Today -- Apr 25
Police in Gifu City have arrested five 19-year-old youths on suspicion of killing an 81-year-old homeless man in March.

According to police, the five suspects ― who cannot be named because they are minors ― are all friends. Two of them are private university students and the other three are company employees.

Police said they are accused of killing Tetsuya Watanabe, who slept under a bridge, by throwing stones at him and beating him about the head at around 2 a.m. on March 25. He was found dead on a nearby road where the gang chased him. A 68-year-old woman who had been living with Watanabe under the bridge for the past 20 years, fled and called police.

Police said the five suspects were identified through an analysis of surveillance camera footage taken near the bridge.

Local media reported that Watanabe and the woman had contacted police in mid-March and said someone had thrown stones at them on four occasions.

3月、岐阜市でホームレスの男性が殺害され、23日に19歳の少年5人が殺人などの疑いで逮捕された事件で、5人は容疑を一部否認していることがわかりました。

 この事件は、3月25日未明、岐阜市の路上で住所不定無職の渡邉哲哉さん(当時81)が倒れているのが見つかり、その後死亡したものです。

 警察は23日、岐阜県内に住む会社員や大学生ら19歳の少年5人を、殺人や傷害致死の容疑で逮捕しました。

 捜査関係者によりますと、5人とも渡邉さんに危害を加えたことは認めたものの、会社員の少年が「殺すつもりはなかった」と話し、全員容疑を一部否認しています。

 「犯人が捕まったということで胸をなでおろしている。弱者をおもちゃのように扱って許せない」(渡邉さんの知人)

 警察は5人の犯行の動機を詳しく調べています。(24日11:52)

News sources: Japan Today, CBCニュース
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