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Tuesday, 18th March 2008
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Kyoto court issues death sentence

A court in Kyoto has sentenced a 26-year-old man to death.

The decision by the Kyoto District Court was made after the defendant, Kyozo Matsumura, was found guilty of committing murder and theft against two relatives in January 2007, reports the Japan Times.

When evaluating the acts committed, the presiding judge noted their premeditated nature and the cold-bloodedness of the crimes.

"I do not reflect on my conduct. Since I have not received any favours from society, I don't have any obligation to abide by any laws," said Mr Matsumura, in a statement to the court.

"I would have killed another if I had not been caught."

In Japan, the execution of an inmate is conducted through hanging and family members are notified that the prisoner has died only after the event.

Following the ruling, Mr Matsumura confirmed there were no plans to appeal against the sentence.

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