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All 3 suspects admit involvement in assault on murdered Kawasaki boy

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150305p2a00m0na018000c.html
March 05, 2015(Mainichi Japan)
KAWASAKI -- Three teenage suspects in the murder of a 13-year-old boy here along the Tama River have admitted that all of them were involved in the assault of the victim, investigative sources said.
Kanagawa Prefectural Police are cautiously investigating the division of roles between the three -- an 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds -- in the assault, which eventually led to the murder of the victim Ryota Uemura. The names of the three suspects are being withheld under the Juvenile Act.
The 18-year-old was quoted by the sources as telling investigators, "Three of us assaulted Uemura. I killed him."
One of the 17-year-olds, who had initially said, "I ended up being embroiled in the incident," later told investigators that the 18-year-old "told me to attack the victim, and I assaulted him."
The other 17-year-old subsequently acknowledged that he was involved in the assault of Uemura. At the same time, that suspect was quoted as also saying, "I spotted the 18-year-old holding a knife near where Uemura collapsed and was bleeding. I tried to stop the 18-year-old, but he threatened me with the knife saying, "I'll kill you.'" The boy also reportedly said he was at a convenience store before the assault of Uemura.
Prefectural police are carefully investigating the extent to which the three were involved in the assault.
According to the sources, the murder scene is more than 500 meters away from the nearest convenience store. Noting that it takes a considerable amount of time to travel back and forth between the scene and the store and that some bruises have been found on Uemura's body, the sources said investigators believe that he had been assaulted over an extended period.
The prefectural police's investigation task force apparently believes that a box-cutter was the only weapon used to murder Uemura.
The body of Uemura was discovered with multiple stab wounds on the bank of the Tama River in Kawasaki Ward on Feb. 20.
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Younger teen says he attacked Kawasaki boy under older teen’s orders
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/05/national/crime-legal/younger-teen-says-he-attacked-kawasaki-boy-under-older-teens-orders/#.VPyDIJX9nIU
japan times
YOKOHAMA – One of the two 17-year-olds arrested over the killing of a 13-year-old boy last month along the Tama River in Kawasaki has admitted to harming the victim but said he was only following the orders of an older teenager also in custody, investigative sources said Thursday.
Three male teenagers were arrested last Friday on suspicion of killing Ryota Uemura beside the Tama River on Feb. 20. The older teen, 18, is thought to be the leader of the group.
Uemura’s unclothed body was found abandoned on the riverbank with a number of slash wounds, including to his throat and neck. An autopsy found the first-year junior high school student bled to death.
The 18-year-old has indicated he was the ringleader in the slaying, the sources said. They quoted him as saying, “I used a box cutter to kill him.”
The 17-year-old in question has told investigators he was present at the site when Uemura was still alive but that the older boy told him to leave and he complied.
The 18-year-old then texted him to return, and when he reached the riverbank he discovered Uemura lying on the ground, bleeding, the sources said.
Admitting involvement, the 17-year-old has said: “I slashed at (the victim) because (the 18-year-old) said I should do it, too,” according to the sources.
The other 17-year-old suspect has also hinted at complicity, but police are proceeding with the investigation carefully because some of the suspects’ accounts appear to conflict.
As to a motive, the police are looking into the possibility that the 18-year-old resented Uemura’s popularity with his friends.
According to the sources, Uemura’s friends visited the 18-year-old’s home on Feb. 12 to protest after he attacked the boy in mid-January.
“I resented the fact that so many people gathered for (Uemura),” the leader was quoted as telling investigators.
The names of the three suspects are being withheld because they are minors.

Teen accused of fatally slashing 13-year-old says he threw box cutter into river
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150307p2a00m0na011000c.html
KAWASAKI -- An 18-year-old arrested over the fatal knifing of a 13-year-old boy here last month has told investigators that he threw the box cutter with which he slashed the victim into the nearby Tama River, along with the victim's smartphone.

It has emerged that a friend of the 13-year-old victim, Ryota Uemura, accidentally sent a message to Uemura using the free messenger service "LINE" on the night of Feb. 22, two days after Uemura is thought to have been killed. This message became marked as "read." Police are factoring this into their investigation.

On March 6, investigators took the 18-year-old to the site of the killing and had him explain what he remembered. They checked the area over a period of around 2 1/2 hours based on the 18-year-old's testimony. In deference to the 18-year-old's human rights, investigators protected him from public view with a plastic sheet as they moved around the area.

Investigators are continuing to question the 18-year-old and two others who were arrested, in order to clear over a period of around 2 1/2 hours up vague points in their testimonies. They plan to examine the crime scene again in the near future.
March 07, 2015(Mainichi Japan)

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