“Now, looking back, I think I went too far,” said 45-year-old Shinji Aoba on the first day of the trial held at the Kyoto Court, room 101.
The judge asked Shinji whether he accepted or denied the charges; he replied in a muffled voice, “At the time of the incident, I thought there was no other option. I never imagined that so many people would die.”
At no point during the trial did he apologize, and he was constantly observed by the relatives of the victims of the fire that destroyed Kyoto Animation’s studio.
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Shinji Aoba arrived at the courtroom around 10:33 AM in a wheelchair. He wore a navy blue sweatshirt and had a mask on his face; his body showed signs of the burns he had suffered.
When the prosecutor read the list of 36 people who lost their lives as a result of his actions, Aoba bowed his head forward and nodded. When the judge asked about accepting the charges, he read his prepared answers, saying, “There are no mistakes.” He then signed with difficulty using his reddened right hand.
During the reading of the statements initiated by the prosecutors and defense lawyers, Shinji Aoba kept his head bowed forward, not looking around.
Approximately 50 people, including the relatives of the victims and survivors, were present at the trial, listening attentively.
For security reasons, eight acrylic panels were placed between the witness stand and the prosecution’s area. Seats were reserved for the relatives, who occupied nearly half of the available seats.
Shinji Aoba will return to court on September 6th.
via LIVEDOOR News
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