Japan coach gets suspended jail over suicide of abused teen
TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese court on Thursday gave a suspended jail sentence to a former basketball coach for repeated physical abuse of a teenage boy who later killed himself.
The Osaka District Court in western Japan sentenced Hajime Komura, 47, to one year in prison, suspended for three years.
Komura was a teacher at Sakuranomiya Senior High School in Osaka and was coaching its basketball club.
The 17-year-old club captain was found hanging in his room two days before last Christmas. He left a note saying he had taken his life after being repeatedly beaten by the coach, education authorities had admitted.