Death Sentence Reversed for Peruvian over 2015 Murder in Japan


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo High Court on Thursday overrode a death sentence that a lower court gave a Peruvian man over the murder of six residents, including two girls, in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, in 2015.

The high court sentenced the accused, Vayron Jonathan Nakada Ludena, 34, to an indefinite prison term.

Presiding Judge Kazuyuki Okuma concluded that Nakada was in diminished capacity at the time of the crime.

In March 2018, Saitama District Court gave Nakada the death penalty, rejecting the defense's claim that he was insane at the time of the crime. The defense immediately appealed the ruling to the high court.

According to the lower court ruling, Nakada intruded into three houses in Kumagaya on Sept. 14-16, 2015, killing a couple in their 50s, an 84-year-old woman, two elementary school girls, aged 10 and 7, respectively, and their mother, 41. He also stole cash, a vehicle and other items.

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