JAPAN: STALKER SENTENCED TO HANG FOR DOUBLE MURDER
June 14, 2013: The Nagasaki District Court sentenced a 28-year-old man to death for the 2011 murders of two relatives of a woman he had been stalking, in a lay judge trial.
The three professional and six citizen judges imposed the death penalty on Gota Tsutsui, a resident of Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, after finding him guilty of fatally stabbing the womanâs mother, Mitsuko Yamashita, 56, and grandmother, Hisae Yamashita, 77, at their home in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture, on Dec. 16, 2011. The womanâs name was not disclosed.
The defendant âclaimed the lives of two people who had never been held responsible for any mistake,â presiding Judge Akira Shigetomi said.
âHe attempted to kill all those at the womanâs home to get to her, and was preoccupied with his desire to possess and control the woman and too egoistic to think about anyone else,â the judge said.
Noting that Tsutsui made repeated irrational explanations defaming and distressing the victimsâ relatives during the trial, the judge concluded that âwe have no choice but to impose the death penalty.â
Prosecutors had sought death for Tsutsui, who reversed his earlier confession to killing the two women and pleaded not guilty in the trial.
His defense lawyers immediately filed an appeal with the Fukuoka High Court.
Tsutsui was also charged with injuring the woman he was stalking and with sending intimidating emails to eight people, including her relatives. (Sources: Kyodo, 16/06/2013)