Man Sentenced to Death over 2017 Mass Murders in Zama
Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)--A 30-year-old man was sentenced to death on Tuesday over a shocking case in which the dismembered bodies of nine young people were found at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, in 2017.
The sentence of capital punishment, which met the prosecution's demand, was handed down by Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa branch.
Takahiro Shiraishi, the accused, was charged with robbery, rape and murder over the case. The nine victims were eight women and one man aged between 15 and 26 at the time of the killings.
"This is a heinous crime very rarely seen in history," Presiding Judge Naokuni Yano said.
The focus of the trial was whether the victims gave consent to being killed, as claimed by the defense side. The judge concluded that none did.
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