A man from Aichi Prefecture has been arrested by the police for his alleged role in contributing to the suicide of a 17-year-old high school student from Nagoya. The investigation showed that the man was reportedly blackmailing the boy for undisclosed reasons which might have led to him taking his own life.
Police were able to trace emails from the 22-year-old Norihiro Horii to the student wherein the former was asking him for 100,000 yen in cash and threatened to hurt him if he failed to comply. People who saw the boy soon after said he was went to school with bruises on his face. Three days after that incident, on September 27, the boy hung himself on the rooftop of the apartment building where he resides. The man will be charged with attempted blackmail as they believe his threats to the boy led to the suicide.
It is not the first case where someone will be prosecuted for actions that led to a suicide. Last September, a basketball coach received a one year suspended sentence for physically assaulting one of his players who later on killed himself. The 17-year-old high school student left a note with his mother saying he could not take any more the “discipline” the coach was giving him. The Osaka District Court decided that 47-year-old Hajime Komura “blindly believed” that physical punishment was the best way to discipline his students and so must be held responsible for contributing to the boy’s death.
[ via Japan Today ]