A 15-year-old boy accused of beheading a younger student in a crime that stunned Japan was convicted today of the killing and other assaults, a news agency reported.
The boy, whose name has been withheld under Japan's juvenile law, was charged with assaulting five children, including two who died. He was sentenced indefinitely to a juvenile prison, where he will be treated for mental illness, the Kobe Family Court said.
The decapitation of 11-year-old Jun Hase horrified Japanese, who were even more shocked when another youngster was arrested for the grisly murder. Hase's mutilated head was found outside the front gate of a school on May 27 with a note stuffed in its mouth calling police "fools."