News Killer of 7 in Akihabara Faces End of 1st Appeal
posted on 2012-07-07 15:41 EDT
On Monday, the Tokyo High Court adjourned the proceedings for the initial (Koso) appeal by 29-year-old Tomohiro Katō. Katō was sentenced to death for killing seven and injuring 10 in a hit-and-run stabbing rampage in Tokyo's otaku shopping district of Akihabara (Akiba) in 2008.
Katō declined to appear at the two-day hearing. A bereaved parent was reportedly upset at this choice, stating that it was an insult to the victims and their families, and it showed a lack of remorse. Katō's defense stated that the death penalty was too grave of a punishment for his crime.
The court will deliver its verdict on September 12. Japanese law allows for a final appeal to the Supreme Court, but such appeals may be rejected before they are heard.
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