Tokyo - A Japanese man has been sentenced to death by a Tokyo court for murdering and mutilating nine people he knew online via social media. In his defense during the trial, the man's lawyer said that the victims had given their consent to be killed.
As reported by AFP , Tuesday (15/12/2020), Takahiro Shiraishi (30) was nicknamed the 'Twitter killer' for killing nine people he knew through the social media platform. He has pleaded guilty to murdering and mutilating his victims, most of whom were female.
Shiraishi's lawyer argued that his client should receive prison terms because the victims, aged 15-26, expressed suicidal intent and agreed to be killed.
But at a verdict hearing on Tuesday local time, a Tokyo court official told AFP on condition of anonymity , "the death penalty was handed down" on Shiraishi.
"None of the nine victims agreed to be killed, including tacit consent," said the judge in his decision, NHK national television reported .
"It is very sad that the lives of these nine young people were taken away. The dignity of the victims was trampled on," added the judge.
NHK reported that 435 people were present to witness the trial of the verdict, even though the court has only 16 seats for the public.
In this case, Shiraishi used Twitter to contact her victims who posted suicidal thoughts and tell them that she could help them with their suicide plans - or even die with them.
One of the victims' 25-year-old father stated that he "would never forgive Shiraishi even if he died".
Japan is one of the few developed countries that still maintains the imposition of the death penalty, and public support remains high.
The execution of executions usually lasts for years, with the last time executions in Japan took place in December 2019 when a Chinese man was hanged for the murder of four people as a family.
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