23-yr-old man in Japan found guilty of killing protected deer

Kyodo -- May 27
A 23-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of killing a protected deer in a popular park in the western Japan prefecture of Nara earlier this year.

The Nara District Court sentenced Hayato Yoshii to 10 months in prison, suspended for three years with probation, for attacking the deer with an ax around 2 a.m. on Feb. 7 in Nara Park.

About 1,300 deer in the park, a major tourist attraction, are protected under Japan's cultural properties protection law.

"The defendant did not value the animal's life. His act was brutal and malicious," Judge Risa Ishikawa said in handing down the ruling to Yoshii, noting his motive for the attack was that he became furious after one of the deer suddenly rammed his car but that cannot justify his action.

- Kyodo

国の天然記念物の「奈良のシカ」を刃物で叩きつけて死なせた文化財保護法違反などの罪に問われた男の裁判で、奈良地裁は執行猶予付きの有罪判決を言い渡しました。 - MBS NEWS