Japan's boy killer sentenced

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Japan's boy killer sentenced

The family court convicted a 15-year-old boy of beheading a younger boy and sentenced him indefinitely to a juvenile prison where he will be treated for mental illness.

The boy, whose name has been withheld under Japan's juvenile law, also was convicted of other assaults on four younger girls, one of whom died. The murder and decapitation of 11-year-old Jun Hase has shocked Japan, where violent crimes are still relatively rare.

Hase's mutilated head was found outside the front gate of a school on 27 May with a note stuffed in its mouth calling police "fools."