Man gets 2 1/2 years for umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye

Japan Today -- Mar 17
The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 49-year-old man to 2 1/2 years in prison for involuntarily causing bodily injury to a 53-year-old man whom he poked in the eye with an umbrella, causing the victim to lose his sight in one eye.

According to the court ruling, Takuo Arakawa, then a company employee, poked the victim in the eye with the tip of his umbrella during an argument after they bumped into each other at a taxi stand outside JR Meguro Station at around 8:40 p.m. on July 4, 2019, Sankei Shimbun reported. The man who was struck by the umbrella was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save the sight in his right eye.

Arakawa was identified through street surveillance camera footage and arrested two weeks later.

Arakawa’s lawyer told the court his client was drunk at the time of the incident and that he did not mean to injure the other man.

- Japan Today

東京・品川区のJR目黒駅前で男性(当時53)の目を傘で突いて失明させた罪に問われた男に対し、東京地裁は懲役2年6カ月の実刑判決を言い渡しました。  会社員の荒川拓雄被告(49)は2019年、JR目黒駅前の路上で男性の右目を傘で突き、眼球破裂などのけがをさせたとして起訴されました。  今月16日の判決で東京地裁は「被告は酒に酔った状態で、立ち止まっていた被害者に自分からぶつかって転倒し、腹いせに被害者に暴行して転倒させようとした」と認め、「動機は短絡的」と指摘しました。  一方で、「手に持った傘を突き出したとは認められない」「目に突き刺さったことは偶然の要素が大きい」などとして荒川被告に懲役2年6カ月の実刑判決を言い渡しました。 - ANNnewsCH