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(Update) Japan Top Court Backs Lighter Sentence for Indiscriminate Killer

(Update) Japan Top Court Backs Lighter Sentence for Indiscriminate Killer

   Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court upheld on Monday a high court ruling that overturned a death penalty and gave an indefinite term to a man for killing two pedestrians in downtown Osaka some seven years ago.
   The man, Kyozo Isohi, 44, successively stabbed Shingo Minamino, then 42, and Toshi Sasaki, then 66, to death on a street in the Minami area in the western city on June 10, 2012, according to rulings by Osaka district and high courts.
   In a lay-judge trial in June 2015, the district court sentenced Isohi to death.
   But the high court in March 2017 handed down the lighter sentence on the grounds that he was suffering from auditory hallucinations and that the killings were done without adequate advance planning.
   The prosecution as well as the defense side appealed the high court ruling to the Supreme Court.

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