Japan sentences ex-nurse to life in prison for killing patient with disinfectant

A Japanese court sentenced Ayumi Kuboki to life in prison, a former nurse who killed three patients by injecting disinfectant into their IV bags.

“She committed those acts even though she knew it was against the law,” presiding judge Kazunori Karei mentioned Ayumi Kuboki during the trial at the Yokohama District Court today, saying the defendant had pleaded guilty to murdering the patients. patients at Oguchi Hospital in Yokohama, where she used to work, by injecting disinfectant into their IV bags in 2016.

Ayumi Kuboki, a former Japanese nurse was sentenced to life in prison for killing three patients with disinfectant.  Photo: Kyodo.

Ayumi Kuboki, a former Japanese nurse was sentenced to life in prison for killing three patients with disinfectant. Photo: Kyodo.

Prosecutors recommended the death penalty for Kuboki. However, Judge Karei said that the life sentence was reasonable, based on the 34-year-old defendant’s repentant attitude during the trial.

“The defendant understood the gravity of the crime, even saying in the final statement that he wanted to correct the mistake with his own death. Let her face the burden of guilt for the rest of her life. and having a chance to get a refund is a fair decision,” the judge explained.

Kuboki’s defense lawyer also requested a life sentence, arguing that the former nurse’s ability to control behavior was impaired at the time of the September 2016 crime due to schizophrenia. However, prosecutors pointed out that despite showing signs of autism, Kuboki was fully qualified to stand trial and that the defendant’s psychological state did not affect his decision-making ability.

According to the court ruling, Kuboki intentionally killed three patients, two 88 years old and one 78 years old, at Oguchi Hospital by injecting disinfectant into their IV bags, which were later arrested. July 2018.

“In order to avoid being blamed by the patient’s family if they died during my shift, I made it so that they would die while I was out of work,” Kuboki stated in a hearing. ceiling, and at the same time apologized to the families of the patients. Oguchi Hospital has been closed since 2019.

Luster (Follow Kyodo)

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