giovedì 26 agosto 2010

Man Who Burned Down Home Over Gundam Models Gets 4 Years

The Kobe District Court sentenced a man, who burned down his home in a rage over Gundam models, to four years in prison on Thursday. The prosecution at the court's Himeji Branch had requested a five-year sentence for the 30-year-old suspect.

On August 9, 2009 at about 2:10 p.m., the man burned down his house in a rage after part of his Gundam plastic model collection had been taken away.

According to the ruling, the man was trying to set himself on fire along with his remaining plastic models.

Instead, the entire 220-square-meter (about 2,400-square-foot) property was destroyed, and the policed charged him with arson of an inhabited building.

The defense argued for a suspended sentence, by which the man would not serve time if he maintains good behavior, by saying that the man fell into despair because the plastic models had become as important to him as a part of his body.
Judge Hiroshi Mori rejected the request.

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