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Father forces stepson to commit suicide because he had bad breath

By Mason White 6:59 PM November 2, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A father who bullied his stepson because of his bad breath, was arrested on a charge of assault for beating the child until he committed suicide, police in Japan said.

Now, 42-year-old Akira Murayama of Tokyo, has been sentenced to serve 6 years in prison after being convicted of assault in connection with the beating of the 14-year-old boy identified as Yuito.

According to the police investigation, Murayama regularly beat the child in the face, chest and other body parts. One morning, the boy’s mother found him hanging above his bed.

The mother called for help, and the boy was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. At the hospital, medical personnel found bruising all over the child’s body.

Yuito’s mother told investigators that Murayama told the boy to kill himself within 24 hours. Murayama told the court that the child’s mother also beat the boy.

He admitted to beating the child, but denied telling the boy to commit suicide. He also admitted to forcing the child to wear a mask because of his bad breath.