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Alleged Akihabara Killer Sends Apology to Victim

posted on 2009-11-09 11:14 EST
Tomohiro Katō says he "deserves death," compares victims' pain to online avatar's death

Tomohiro Katō, the man who allegedly killed seven and injured 10 in a hit-and-run and stabbing rampage in Tokyo's otaku shopping district of Akihabara last year, sent an apology letter to one of the victims. The 23-year-old man is on trial for the incident. 55-year-old taxi driver Hiroshi Yuasa received the six-page handwritten letter via Katō's lawyer on Friday. Also enclosed was another letter from Katō's parents.

Katō wrote, "However much I repent, however much I apologize will never be enough to make things right, and since my crime deserves death 10,000 times I think I will be sentenced to death." He added that the victims' pain "must be something like the uncontrollable anger I felt when my online self was killed on the forum I spent all my time on by trolls."

Yuasa commented, "From the way he wrote so politely, you wouldn't have thought someone like that could have done such a thing. I want to hear the whole story at the trial."

Source: Mainichi Daily News (Japanese) via Zergwatch


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