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4:45 pm - 04/13/2012

‘Black widow’ killer Kanae Kijima found guilty of murder, sentenced to death



TOKYO (TR) – The Saitama District Court on Friday found accused serial killer Kanae Kijima guilty of three counts of murder and sentenced her to death, reports Sports Nippon (April 13).

“The ruthless crime of murder is extremely serious, and in this case it was repeated,” presiding judge Kazuyuki Okuma said in handing down the sentence. “The loss of three precious lives does not allow for serious consideration of another option.”

All told, the lay judge trial ruled Kijima to be guilty on ten counts, with fraud and theft also included.

Kijima met multiple men through matchmaking sites and quickly engaged in relationships not long before they died under suspicious circumstances.

The body of Yoshiyuki Oide, a 41-year-old company employee from Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, and a charcoal burner were discovered inside a rented car in Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture on August 6, 2009. Investigators found that he had been defrauded by Kijima for roughly 5 million yen. An autopsy revealed that he had died of carbon-monoxide poisoning and that his body contained the remains of sleeping pills. The 37-year-old Kijima was seen with him the day before his corpse was located.

Kijima also faced murder charges for the death of Takao Terada, a 53-year-old from Tokyo, and 80-year-old Kenzo Ando, a resident of Noda, Chiba Prefecture, who perished in a house fire.

All three of the victims died due to carbon-monoxide poisoning, with two containing sleep-inducing drugs in their systems.

“In order to live a luxurious lifestyle, she received money through deception, and then she ended the relationships with murder,” Okuma is quoted as saying. The defense countered by arguing that the deaths were due to suicide provoked by her threats to leave the men or accidental in nature, such as in the house fire.

The citizen judges served for 100 days — the longest period since the system began in 2009. The judges relied on circumstantial evidence only, as confessions and direct evidence were not available.

Tokyo Reporter
atarashiiyoake 13th-Apr-2012 05:31 am (UTC)
Not a big surprise that she was sentenced and I'm glad she was, but the death sentence Japan? Really?

One of their politicians said the other day that apparently it's still used because the people keep voting in favour. Made me smh a bit.

Also, things like this are the reason people are weary of matchmaking sites, wtf.
katzsong 13th-Apr-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
Wow, circumstantial evidence only and got her the death sentence? That's kinda impressive. And yeah, the crime is horrible. May the victim's soul RIP.

It's kinda weird to see a crime like this, which you usually watch in drama, happens in real life. I mean, I read several marriage-fraud cases, but not mariage-fraud + serial murder
atarashiiyoake 13th-Apr-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, the evidence thing surprised me too. O.o
nene718 13th-Apr-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
The judges relied on circumstantial evidence only, as confessions and direct evidence were not available.

hmmmm
baboona 13th-Apr-2012 05:50 am (UTC)
mte
mjspice 13th-Apr-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Damn.....that's just....no words really.
trifarashi 13th-Apr-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
this news totally drama-like...
i always see it in drama or movie no the real one...
well,it's not it never happen in other country but still to read it here totally sound like TV drama.
phishn37 13th-Apr-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Circumstantial evidence only... hmm. Maybe that is legally acceptable in Japan, but if the case was in America it's not acceptable for homicide. For the fraud and theft stuff, maybe.
taylorniw 13th-Apr-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
It is possible to get a murder conviction in the US with circumstantial evidence. I think getting the death penalty as the sentence would be pretty difficult, though.

Edited at 2012-04-13 04:26 pm (UTC)
mikilove13 13th-Apr-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
From what I heard about this case, it isn't at all surprising other than her being sentenced to death.
nozo_rin 13th-Apr-2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Why the death sentence? Why not life in prison? Letting them live on is a bigger punishment then death to me :/
x_vickiiiie 13th-Apr-2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Not trying to get into a huge argument here but I highly disagree about life in prison.

As a taxpayer, I lose a substantial amount of my income already... then I have to struggle with other debts like my car and rent.
Yet, those imprisoned get three square meals a day while I'm struggling to place food on my table after all my debts.
Who's being punished now?

Honestly, I'm not against the death sentence at all, if she can cruelly kill three, unless she is killed three times, justice isn't served anyway.


janesattva 13th-Apr-2012 07:32 am (UTC)
I think people on arama watch too much csi and have no idea what circumstantial evidence means.

I'm glad the jury didn't have that problem and she was found guilty, even if I don't agree with the punishment.
katzsong 13th-Apr-2012 07:58 am (UTC)
so, in real court room, circumstantial evidence is enough to get a conviction, without physical evidences or convictions? What kind of circumstantial evidence that can do that? yeah, I'm really curious. Please explain :)
lourher 13th-Apr-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Death sentence? It's... I can't.
fuzzyspider 13th-Apr-2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
good.
flashylicious 13th-Apr-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
found guilty serial killer gets death sentence, what's so surprising
faye_bell 13th-Apr-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
death penalty is always wrong smh
helsings 13th-Apr-2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry. That wasn't meant to be a reply to your comment.
helsings 13th-Apr-2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
"The death penalty is wrong"
"I'm pro-death penalty"
etc.

We all have our own opinion on whether the death penalty is wrong or right. Just because someone is for it, it doesn't make them a bad person. It's based on a personal belief and moral system, nothing more.
lourher 13th-Apr-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Er no sorry. Death Penalty consists of killing someone, whatever this person had done, human beings do not have the right to kill anyone. Death Penalty is murder.

I could also talk about the political issues of death penalty but it would be quite long so I'm just going to leave here a quote from Robert Badinter.

"The true political meaning of death penalty is based on the idea that the State has power over its citizens as far as taking their life."

Terrorism is also a matter of belief or moral... And I'm pretty sure no one here thinks it's a good think.

Edited at 2012-04-13 09:13 pm (UTC)
nene718 13th-Apr-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Speaking about the death penalty, so happy that Connecticut is going to repeal it soon.
newsvsyamapi 15th-Apr-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info, did not know about it XD
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