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Japanese Diplomat Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Yoshiaki NagayaA  Japanese diplomat based in San Francisco has been charged with domestic violence/spousal abuse. He stands accused of:

  • Stabbing his 27 year old wife with a screwdriver
  • Pushing her from a moving car
  • Hitting her with a ceramic coffee mug
  • Knocking out one of her teeth
  • Stomping on her

The couple has been married for 18 months. The diplomat, Yoshiaki Nagaya, is a 32-year-old vice consul for the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco.

Nagaya has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is NOT eligible for diplomatic immunity because of the severity of the allegations against him. He was charged in San Mateo Superior Court with 13 counts of felony battery with intent to cause bodily injury and three counts of assault.

The last attack, which left Nagaya's wife with cuts on her face and elbows, occurred on March 30 and led her to go to the police, according to investigators. She had photographed her injuries.

Nagaya, who was arrested in early May, for now fully retains his position as vice consul at the Japanese consulate, Deputy Consul General Michio Harada said.

Nagaya, who lives in  San Bruno, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The judge in the case issued an order blocking Nagaya from directly seeing or contacting his wife, who remains in the United States.  He is free on bail.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)


Redwood City Woman Pleads Insanity in Attempted Murder of Children

39 year old Philomena Brown, who is charged with attempted murder of her husband and two children, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to defense attorney Vincent O'Malley. He does not dispute the charges by prosecutors that Brown hit her 23-year-old daughter in the head with a dumbbell and then punched her 13-year-old son during an assault in their Redwood City home on the morning of Monday, June 21st 2010.

In the weeks leading up to the alleged attack, her attorney claims that Brown had a "severe mental breakdown" and discussed with both family and friends that she felt  people wanted to torture her family. He further argues that she thought she was saving her family from a worse fate that would involve severe torture and murder at the hands of "conspirators."

Insane in the membrane.
Brown entered an initial plea of not guilty to five felonies.

(Source: San Jose Mercury News)


Redwood City Woman Charged With Assaulting Her Children

49-year-old Philomena Brown appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court to face charges that she attempted to kill her two children at their Redwood City home early the morning of Monday, June 21st. Brown is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of felony cruelty to a child, and one count of felony inflicting a serious injury on a child. She didn't enter a a plea at her initial felony arraignment.

Officers responded to her home at  5:30 a.m. Monday and found Brown's 23-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son found injured. They were taken to Stanford Hospital, where  the daughter was found to have a skull fracture and was listed in stable condition the next day. The son, who complained of pain son, was released later the same day. The father, John Brown, was not injured.

Brown was arrested at 9 p.m. Monday after being released from the hospital where she had been placed under observation. San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies found her at a beach near Half Moon Bay that afternoon after her car was spotted in the beach's parking lot. She was booked into the San Mateo County women's jail, where she remains without bail.
Neighbors describe the Browns as a normal,  hard-working family. It seems like a lot of murderers, or attempted murderers are described as "normal" by their neighbors. So there are three possibilities that explain this:

1) It is normal to be a murderer,

2) People are completely incapable of making even a halfway accurate assessments of other people or

3) There is a fine line between "normal" person and homicidal maniac, and a little stress can quickly push anyone over the edge.

I think it is a combination of 1 and 2. What do you think?

(Source: KRON4)