Man who feigned coronavirus illness at town hall convicted
Kyodo -- Aug 12
A court found a 38-year-old man guilty Tuesday for obstructing business at a central Japan town hall in April by acting like a person infected with the novel coronavirus and attempting to spread it to workers.

The Nagoya District Court gave Norikazu Kita an 18-month prison term, suspended for three years, with Presiding Judge Takahiro Iwami saying Kita's action at the Oharu town hall "lacked prudence in light of the serious impact coronavirus is having on the society."

But Iwami said the court handed down a suspended sentence as Kita had shown remorse. Prosecutors had sought an 18-month prison term for the accused, who said in a previous hearing that he had simply "wanted to surprise the workers."

「俺コロナ」などと言って、愛知県の大治町役場で咳をした男に、執行猶予付きの有罪判決です。  愛知県大治町の無職・北憲和被告(38)は、ことし4月、大治町役場で案内係の女性職員に「俺コロナ。陽性反応が出た」などと言って咳をし、役場を消毒させるなどした、威力業務妨害の罪に問われています。  これまでの裁判で、北被告は起訴内容を認めていて、検察は懲役1年6か月を求刑していました。  11日の判決公判で、名古屋地裁の岩見貴博・裁判官は「新型コロナの拡大が深刻な社会問題になっていたことを認識していたにもかかわらず、思慮を欠いた軽率・身勝手な犯行」などとして、懲役1年6か月、執行猶予3年の判決を言い渡しました。
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