JAPAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
May 12, 2009: Kazuo Okikura, 61, was sentenced to death for killing a wealthy woman and her brother in a 2008 robbery-murder in Akiruno, Japan.
Presiding Judge Kazunobu Yamazaki at the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court handed the death penalty to a former Akiruno city employee. The three-judge panel found Okikura and his accomplice guilty of conspiring to kill Hirokazu Obuku, 51, and his sister, Yasuyo, 54, on April 10, 2008.
They stole Â„350,000 in cash and dumped the corpses on a mountain in Nagano Prefecture. (Sources: Japan Times, 13/05/2009)