December 15, 2020 : A Japanese court on Tuesday sentenced Takahiro Shiraisi, known as the “Twitter killer”, to death.
Shiraiso, 30, who was arrested in 2017 on charges of killing nine people by contacting him on Twitter, was sentenced to death by a Tachikawa bench of the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday. Judge Nokuni Yana ruled that Shiraisi was guilty of killing nine people.
Shiraishi was arrested after the bodies of nine people were found in the flat. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that eight women and one man were killed. One of them is said to be 15 years old.
Shiraisi is accused of strangling nine people between the ages of 15 and 26 from August to October 2017. He has also been accused of sexually harassing eight women. Shiraishi admitted in October that “all the allegations against him were true.”
Earlier, his lawyer had requested the court to impose the sentence. Shiraisi’s lawyer argued that the victims had committed suicide and had consented to his death. However, the court rejected the argument and found Shiraisi guilty of killing nine people and sentenced him to death.
According to the report, Shiraisi lied on Twitter that he would help 9 people to die and claimed that he would die with them. According to news agency Kyodo, his Twitter handle also meant ‘hangman’.
He was called to his apartment in Jama, Kanagawa Prefecture, after nine people tried to commit suicide at his instigation. Earlier, Shiraishi had said he would not appeal even if he was sentenced to death. Agency