A man accused of abducting and indecently assaulting a young woman has had all charges against him dropped after judges ruled that the mentally handicapped woman was too stupid to accuse him of any crimes.
The 60-year-old man, an unemployed resident of Miyagi prefecture, is alleged to have offered a 20-year-old woman a lift in his car, but after driving off with her he is accused of groping and otherwise molesting her.
Charges of indecent assault and kidnapping were filed against him based on the woman’s testimony.
However, judges ordered all charges be dropped, ruling that as the victim was mentally impaired she was not capable of accusing her supposed assailant of the crimes.
Both crimes required the victim, apparently the only witness in the case, to formally accuse the defendant of his wrongdoing. With the victim ruled incapable of accusing her assailant due to being non compos mentis, the case was dismissed.
It would appear the judges concerned have declared open season on the mentally handicapped, not that prosecuting people for serious crimes based solely on the testimony of the insane or mentally retarded is necessarily a good idea…