Japan’s Twitter killer drops death sentence

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Takahiro Shiraishi “filed” Monday to drop the appeal filed by his lawyers.

Tokyo, Japan:

A Japanese man dubbed a “Twitter killer” has withdrawn an appeal against his guilty verdict and death sentence for the murder of nine people, a court official said Wednesday.

Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, “filed a motion” Monday to drop the appeal filed by his lawyers, a court spokesman told AFP.

Shiraishi lured people who posted thoughts of suicide online comments to his home, where he killed and slaughtered his young victims. All but one of the murdered were women and were between 15 and 26 years old.

During his trial, he did not deny the charges brought against him, although his lawyer tried to reduce his sentence, arguing that the victims’ suicidal thoughts showed their willingness to die.

Shiraishi was arrested three years ago when police were investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who was reportedly tweeted about wanting to kill herself.

Her brother was given access to her Twitter account and eventually led the police to Shiraishi’s apartment, where investigators found nine dismembered bodies kept in refrigerators and tool boxes strewn with cat litter to hide evidence.

Shiraishi told the court during his trial that he had no intention of appealing a decision against him, and he told a local newspaper that the verdict was “obvious”.

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Despite the death sentence, he told the Mainichi Shimbun that he now wanted to “meet an ordinary girl” and get married in prison.

Shiraishi’s crimes reignited a debate on suicide prevention in Japan, which has the highest suicide rate among the seven leading democracies in the Group of Seven.

Efforts to reduce suicides had seen a decline in recent years, but the numbers have risen again after the pandemic.

Japan is one of the few industrialized nations to maintain the death penalty, with more than 100 inmates on death row, and support for it remains high.

(This story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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