Sunday, February 28, 2021

Japan ‘Twitter Killer’ gets death sentence after police discover ‘house of horrors’

He used Twitter to lure suicidal women to his home, where he murdered and dismembered them.

Other News

Pelan pemerkasaan Rukun Tetangga dilancarkan

Empat Agenda Kerja KRT diperkenalkan iaitu Agenda Kerja KRT Selamat, Agenda Kerja KRT Sihat, Agenda Kerja KRT Bersih dan Indah serta Agenda Kerja KRT Sejahtera.

Stop the hypocrisy, Amanah tells PKR as rift widens over PH intra-hopping

This comes as Amanah loses five of its assemblymen in Selangor and Johor.

Amanah Bukit Bintang gesa kaji semula hubungan dengan PKR, kedudukan dalam PH

Mereka berkata, sudah tiada kesepakatan dalam gabungan yang dibentuk.

‘Jangan hipokrit, lidah bercabang’, kata Pemuda Amanah selepas PKR ‘curi’ 3 wakil rakyat

Sebagai rakan gabungan PH, menerima penyertaan wakil-wakil rakyat ini hanya akan mengeruhkan hubungan antara parti, kata Shazni.

Belajar sejarah di luar buku teks

Kalau dulu kita hanya ada maklumat dari buku teks, tetapi kini apa saja maklumat boleh diperolehi melalui alam maya.

A man who murdered and dismembered nine people he met on Twitter has been sentenced to death, in a case that has shocked Japan.

Takahiro Shiraishi, dubbed the “Twitter Killer”, was arrested in 2017 after police discovered nine heads along with a large number of arm and leg bones stashed in coolers and toolboxes in his flat in the Japanese city of Zama, near Tokyo.

Almost all of the victims were young women the 30-year-old met on Twitter. He admitted murdering and dismembering them.

Shiraishi used the social media site to lure suicidal women to his home, which Japanese media called the “house of horrors”, telling them he could help them die and, in some cases, allegedly claiming he would kill himself alongside them.

He strangled and dismembered eight women and one man between August and October 2017, said Japan’s Kyodo news agency.

More than 400 people turned up to watch the verdict on Tuesday, despite the court only having 16 seats available for the public, reported local media.

Public support for the death penalty remains high in Japan, one of the few developed nations to retain capital punishment.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Shiraishi, but his lawyers argued that he was guilty of the lesser charge of “murder with consent”, claiming his victims had given him their permission to kill them.

Shiraishi later disputed this, claiming he killed them without their consent.

On Tuesday, the judge who delivered the verdict said that “none of the victims agreed to be killed”. Judge Naokuni Yano said, “The defendant has been found to be fully responsible.”

The killings stunned Japan, triggering fresh debate about websites where depressed or terminally ill people discuss suicide.

The murders also prompted a change by Twitter, which amended its rules to state that users should not “promote or encourage suicide or self-harm”.

Up to 15 executions take place in Japan each year. Thirteen of those hanged in 2018 had taken part in the Tokyo subway sarin attack of 1995.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Japan replaces ‘sexist’ Olympics president with female athlete

She now faces difficult questions with only a few months to go before the Olympics’ delayed start.

Quad allies call for return of democracy in Myanmar

US President Joe Biden has said working closely with allies will be key to his strategy toward China,

Japan’s ruling party wants more women at meetings, so long as they don’t talk

Its attempt to include women at meetings has generated a chorus of Twitter disapproval.

Japan starts vaccine rollout with healthcare workers

Japan has so far approved only the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and started administering the first shots at a Tokyo hospital on Wednesday morning.

Machete murderers of US blogger get death sentences in Bangladesh

The six men belong to an al Qaeda-inspired domestic militant group which police say is behind the murders of more than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.