Death sentence finalized for man who killed five neighbors in 2013
Japan Times -- Jul 12
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Thursday by a 69-year-old man convicted of killing five neighbors in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 2013 in revenge for what he believed to be harassment, leading his death sentence to be finalized.

The decision against Kosei Homi, who was also found guilty of setting fire to two of the victims’ homes in a remote community, was handed down by the top court’s First Petty Bench.

“It was a brutal crime based on a firm intent to kill, and the consequences of taking five people’s lives are grave,” presiding Judge Atsushi Yamaguchi said in delivering a unanimous decision by the five judges.

Upholding lower court decisions, the top court acknowledged that Homi was mentally competent to be held fully responsible for his conduct even though he had been diagnosed as suffering from a type of delusional disorder at the time of the crime.

“Delusion affected the development of the motive, but he carried out the killings based on his own sense of values. The influence of delusion on his actions was not that significant,” it said.

2013年に山口県周南市で5人を殺害した罪などに問われた男の裁判で、最高裁判所は男の上告を退けました。二審の死刑判決が確定します。 保見光成被告(69)は2013年7月、周南市で同じ集落に住む男女5人を殺害した罪などで起訴されました。保見被告は一、二審で死刑判決を言い渡されて上告していました。判決で最高裁は「強固な殺意に基づく執拗(しつよう)かつ残忍な犯行というほかない」と指摘しました。そのうえで「刑事責任は極めて重大で死刑判決を是認せざるを得ない」として被告側の上告を退けました。保見被告の死刑が確定することになります。
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