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Senior citizen stabs young train passenger because he sat in the disabled seating section

By William Martin 1:53 PM February 11, 2018
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A man became angry when a young man sat in the disabled seating section meant for the elderly and infirm, according to police in Japan.

Hyogo police said that they have arrested 62-year-old Motokazu Koizumi after being accused of trying to kill the 34-year-old man.

Koizumi is facing a charge of attempted murder.

According to the police investigation, Koizumi and the victim traveled on the JR Kanjo Line every day to and from work.

Koizumi often scolded the victim for sitting in the priority seating section, which is meant for the elderly, sick and disabled train passengers.

However, the victim always ignored Koizumi.

On Wednesday, at around 7:00 a.m., Koizumi boarded the train while carrying a knife.

When the victim sat down in the priority seating section, Koizumi ordered him to leave as he was young and healthy.

The victim ignored Koizumi as usual.

When the victim got off the train, Koizumi followed him.

They began to argue on the platform and Koizumi continued to berate the victim about his disrespect for the disabled.

Koizumi the pulled out his knife and stabbed the young man in the stomach.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he is being treated.

Koizumi later turned himself into police.

Koizumi admitted to stabbing the victim, saying that he deserved it because he sat in the priority seating section on the train.