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UPDATED: 16:22, January 17, 2006
Japan's Supreme Court upholds death penalty on child killer
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Japan's top court on Tuesday upheld a death penalty on Tsutomu Miyazaki, who was convicted of abducting and murdering four girls in 1988 and 1989.

The Supreme Court confirmed the June 2001 ruling by the Tokyo High Court and rejected the defendant lawyer's argument that Miyazaki, 43, was mentally incompetent at the time of the crimes.

Miyazaki killed the four girls "to satisfy his own sexual desire and appetite to own video tapes that record corpses," said presiding Justice Tokiyasu Fujita. He said there is no room to consider commuting the death penalty on Miyazaki.

Arrested in July 1989 for a case of obscene acts, Miyazaki later admitted to abducting and killing of four girls, aged between 4 and 7, in Tokyo and nearby Saitama prefecture.

He was charged with abduction, murder and four other counts of crime and was tried in 1990 at the Tokyo District Court. Both the district court and later the high court ruled that Miyazaki was criminally responsible for the crimes and sentenced him to death.

Source: Xinhua

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