JAPAN: APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS 'BLACK WIDOW' DEATH SENTENCE
May 26, 2019:
A Japanese court on 24 May 2019 upheld the death sentence for a woman dubbed the "Black Widow", who used cyanide to kill a string of elderly and rich lovers and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance. (Sources: Afp, 24/05/2019)
The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal by Chisako Kakehi, 72, to overturn her sentence of death by hanging for the murder of three men -- including a husband -- and the attempted murder of another.
The court "turned down the appeal" made by defence lawyers, according to a spokesman.
Handing down the death sentence in 2017, presiding judge Ayako Nakagawa said the murders were "cunning and malicious" and Kakehi made her victims drink cyanide "with a murderous intention."
The judge rejected defence arguments that she was not criminally liable because she was suffering from dementia.