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CHINA EXECUTED COHORT, GAVE ANOTHER LIFE

Family slaying accomplice's death penalty upheld

Friday, March 9, 2007



FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Fukuoka High Court upheld the death sentence Thursday imposed on a Chinese man for his role in the murder of a Fukuoka family of four in 2003.

Wei Wei, 27, and two other Chinese men were accused of murdering clothing dealer Shinjiro Matsumoto, 41, his wife, Chika, 40, and their two children on June 20, 2003.

Wei, Yang Ning and Wang Liang strangled Matsumoto with a necktie, drowned his wife in a bathtub, smothered their 11-year-old son Kai with a pillow and strangled their daughter, Hina, 8.

The four bodies were found at the bottom of Hakata Bay later the same day, handcuffed and weighted down with dumbbells.

Wei appealed the 2005 Fukuoka District Court's decision, arguing that he played a minor role in the murders. However, the court disagreed.

"While the two accomplices masterminded the murder, the defendant played crucial roles in planning and carrying it out," presiding Judge Hiroshi Hamasaki said.

"There are no differences in criminal responsibility between the two and the defendant," Hamasaki said.

Wei, Yang and Wang were in Japan on student visas.

Yang and Wang went to China a few days after the crime, and were arrested by Chinese authorities in August 2003.

Yang was sentenced to death and executed in July 2005, while Wang received life in prison after surrendering and cooperating with investigators.

Wei remained in Japan and was charged with murder in January 2004 while in custody over an assault case.

Wei's lawyers had argued that since Wang was sentenced to life, Wei should receive a lesser sentence because he played a more minor role in the slayings.

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福岡・一家4人殺害:中国人被告の死刑確定へ
毎日新聞 2011年10月20日 15時58分
福岡市で03年に起きた中国人3人組による一家4人殺害事件で、強盗殺人などの罪に問われた元専門学校生、魏巍被告(31)に対し、最高裁第1小法廷(白木勇裁判長)は20日、被告の上告を棄却する判決を言い渡した。1、2審の死刑判決が確定する。小法廷は「金品を得るために人の生命の尊さをも意に介さない行為は冷酷、残忍。4人の生命を奪った結果は極めて重大」と述べた。
 1、2審判決によると、魏被告は元私立大留学生=05年に中国で死刑執行=と、元日本語学校生=中国で無期懲役が確定=と共謀。03年6月20日、同市東区の衣料品販売業の男性(当時41歳)宅に押し入り、妻(同40歳)と長男(同11歳)、長女(同8歳)を殺害して現金を奪った。4人の体に重りを付けて海に投げ込み、仮死状態だった男性も水死させた。【石川淳一】
毎日新聞 2011年10月20日 15時58分