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GUNMA — The Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday sentenced a 27-year-old man to death for the murders of two elderly citizens in November and December 2014.
The court heard that Kazuya Tsuchiya broke into the home of Tanekichi Kawaura, 81, and his 80-year-old wife, on Dec 16, 2014, and stabbed them, Fuji TV reported.
Tanekichi died of his wounds later, while his wife sustained minor injuries.
Tsuchiya also fatally stabbed Yoshie Kojima, 93, at her home in the same area in November.
He stole 5,000 yen and some food from Kojima’s home.
Tsuchiya was arrested on Dec 23, 2014, after breaking into a ramen restaurant.
He admitted to both crimes and told police he desperately needed money.
At the time of his arrest, Tsuchiya only had 100 yen on him and the gas and electricity to his apartment had been disconnected as he hadn’t paid his bills in months, police said.
Source: Japan Today, July 20, 2016
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