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Asylum seeker who claimed to be Isil fighter and killed Japanese man is found not guilty by reason of insanity

10/12/2019. *****FILE PHOTO *****
04/01/'18 Mohamed Morei (18) pictured being brought to Dundalk District Court this evening where he was charged with the murder of a Japanese national yesterday...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
10/12/2019. *****FILE PHOTO ***** 04/01/'18 Mohamed Morei (18) pictured being brought to Dundalk District Court this evening where he was charged with the murder of a Japanese national yesterday...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Eoin Reynolds

An asylum seeker who claimed to be fighting for Isil when he stabbed a Japanese man to death on a street has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Following the verdict, the victim's older sister, Shiori Sasaki, said in a written statement she cannot understand "why a mentally unstable foreign national, whose origin was unknown, was allowed to be in the town".

She said killer Mohamed Morei (21) had his rights protected but her brother Yosuke Sasaki was deprived of his human rights. "It is truly infuriating and will forever be unforgivable," Ms Sasaki said.

Mr Sasaki's father, Akifusa, wrote in a powerful statement: "If there is a god, I resent him. Why did Yosuke have to die?"

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Ms Justice Carmel Stewart remanded Egyptian native Mohamed Morei to the Central Mental Hospital, where he has been since he was charged with the murder of 24-year-old Yosuke Sasaki in January 2018.

He will appear before the Central Criminal Court again next Friday, when a plan for his ongoing treatment will be outlined to the court.

Mr Morei, of no fixed abode, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Yosuke Sasaki at Long Avenue, Dundalk, on January 3, 2018.

He was also found not guilty by reason of insanity of assaulting two men causing them harm, of criminal damage to a car and of robbery by trespassing and committing criminal damage between January 2 and 3, 2018.

The jury returned their verdicts following 24 minutes of deliberations. The foreman said: "The jury would like to express our sympathies with the family of Mr Sasaki." Ms Justice Stewart also expressed her sympathy to the Sasaki family, some of whom travelled from Japan for the trial.

The victim's sister said only Yosuke knows how painful and harrowing his death was, "how cold, how excruciating it must have been".

She said she feels a "devastating sense of helplessness" that she was unable to help her brother and added: "I continue to feel as if I have lost half of my very being." She said she has asked herself "again and again" why Yosuke was killed.

The deceased's girlfriend, Kerry Vincent, said she and Yosuke were looking forward to settling down together in Ireland but have been robbed of that chance.

She described it as an "understatement" to say that losing him was one of the worst moments of her life.

The two men who were assaulted by Mr Morei also made written statements.

Cian Murphy said it took time to get back to a normal life and to be comfortable around strangers. He said the fact someone else's son died is "what hurt me and my family more than anything else".

Dylan Grehan said his "relationship with the public has forever changed" because he fears a similar attack will happen again.

He added: "The thought that moments before the attack he killed someone else will stay with me forever."

Irish Independent

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