TOKYO, April 15 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Japan are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for a former sumo stablemaster accused of ordering wrestlers to assault a 17-year-old grappler.
The stablemaster, Tokitsukaze, whose real name is Junichi Yamamoto, has apologized to the relatives of the victim, Takashi Saito, whose ring name was Tokitaizan, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.
Yamamoto, 59, has denied telling senior wrestlers at his stable in Aichi Prefecture to assault Saito.
The news service noted three wrestlers were convicted of the assault in a separate trial in December.
Wrestlers Yuichiro Izuka and Masakazu Kimura were given three year suspended sentences while Masanori Fujii was sentenced to 2 1/2 years.
Authorities say Yamamoto beat Saito with a beer bottle and ordered the wrestlers to beat him. The men allegedly hit him with a metal bat for about 30 minutes. Saito later died from shock as a result of the attack.