FUKUOKA — The Fukuoka High Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for a 38-year-old man convicted of robbing and killing three women in separate murder-robbery cases in Fukuoka Prefecture during a one-month period from 2004 to 2005.
Yasunori Suzuki targeted women walking alone and strangled Nana Kubota, 18, in Iizuka on Dec 12, 2004 and Toshiko Onaka, 62, in Kitakyushu on Dec 31, 2004. He stabbed Keiko Fukushima, 23, in Fukuoka on Jan 18, 2005, according to the November 2006 Fukuoka District Court ruling upheld by the appeals court. (Kyodo News)
Fukuoka triple-murderer to hang
The Japan Times: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006
FUKUOKA (Kyodo) A 37-year-old man was sentenced to death Monday by the Fukuoka District Court for killing three women in separate robbery-murders in Fukuoka Prefecture in 2004 and 2005.
Although Yasunori Suzuki denied he had intended to kill the three, the district court determined he killed his victims to steal their money and belongings and had demonstrated intent.
"There is no room for leniency in view of his motives, and the ways he conducted the murders are heinous and brutal," presiding Judge Hiroyoshi Suzuki said.
Suzuki killed and then stole cash and belongings from Nana Kubota, 18, in Iizuka on Dec. 12, 2004, Toshiko Onaka, 62, in Kitakyushu the following Dec. 31, and Keiko Fukushima, 23, in Fukuoka on Jan. 18, 2005, the court said.