Matsunaga Futoshi

Death sentence to become final for man for killing 7 in Kitakyushu

(Mainichi Japan) December 13, 2011

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal by a 50-year-old man against his death sentence handed down by lower courts for killing seven people in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, leading the sentence to become final after some procedures.

Lower court decisions said Futoshi Matsunaga and his common-law wife Junko Ogata conspired to murder six people including five of Ogata's relatives between February 1996 and June 1998 when the couple shared a condominium unit with them. The couple were also held responsible for torturing Ogata's father to death.

Monday's top court ruling said Matsunaga's criminal responsibility is grave as he was a main culprit in the deaths.


"Although he implemented two of the murders, he took advantage of his psychological control on these people for leading the remaining murders," the ruling said. "The court has no choice but to endorse capital punishment."

Ogata, 49, is still on trial at the Supreme Court after the prosecution appealed the Fukuoka High Court's decision to reduce her sentence from capital punishment to life in prison.

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Death sentence reduced for one of murderous pair

2007/09/27


FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Fukuoka High Court on Wednesday upheld the death penalty for a man deemed the main culprit in the deaths of seven people, including five of his common-law wife's relatives, from 1996 to 1998 in Kitakyushu.

The sentence issued to his common-law wife was reduced from capital punishment to life in prison.

Futoshi Matsunaga, 46, and Junko Ogata, 45, conspired to torture a 34-year-old man to death in February 1996 and then to murder five of Ogata's relatives, including her mother, in an apartment the couple shared with Ogata's family over a period of seven months ending in June 1998, according to a lower court ruling in September 2005.

The couple were also responsible for the death of Ogata's father, who died of injuries inflicted by the couple, although they did not intend to kill him, the 2005 ruling said.
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北九州の連続監禁殺人:松永被告の死刑確定へ
20111212日 

 1996年から98年に北九州市で監禁状態の男女7人が相次いで死亡した事件で殺人罪などに問われ、1、2審で死刑とされた松永太被告(50)の上告審判決で、最高裁第1小法廷(宮川光治裁判長)は12日、「犯行を首謀し、刑事責任は重大極まりない」と被告の上告を棄却した。死刑が確定する。
 共犯に問われて1審で死刑判決を受け、2審では松永被告に暴力で支配されていたとして無期懲役に減刑された緒方純子被告(49)については検察側が上告している。
 1、2審判決によると、両被告はマンションで同居していた緒方被告の母、妹夫婦ら計6人を殺害、緒方被告の父も虐待の末に死亡させた。

    ★2007年(平成19年)9月26日、福岡高裁で北九州市の監禁・連続殺人事件で、殺人罪などに問われ、1審・福岡地裁小倉支部で死刑判決を受けた松永太(46歳)、緒方純子(45歳)両被告の控訴審判決があった。虎井寧夫(やすお)裁判長は「緒方被告は松永被告の主導の下、追従的に犯行に関与した。積極的に自白し、事案解明に寄与した」と述べ、緒方被告については1審判決を破棄し、無期懲役とした。松永被告については「我が国の犯罪史上、まれに見る冷酷、残忍で凶悪な事犯を主導した。反省も見られない」として1審判決を支持し、控訴を棄却した。松永被告は上告する方針。緒方被告は判決内容を慎重に検討するとしている。判決は2005年9月の1審判決と同様に、6人について殺人罪、誉さん事件に傷害致死罪を適用し、他にも女性への監禁致傷罪、別の女性への監禁致傷、強盗、詐欺罪を認定した

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