Prosecutors demanded capital punishment Thursday for a real estate broker on trial for killing an 82-year-old woman and his alleged 38-year-old male accomplice for money in 1989.
During a hearing before Tokyo District Court, prosecutors said Kaoru Okashita, 51, deserved nothing but the death penalty, considering the cruelty of his premeditated murders.
Prosecutors said Okashita swindled 208 million yen from Ume Endo, who owned apartments in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, by forging a contract to sell a plot of land belonging to her before he strangled her in her home on Oct. 1, 1989.
Three days later, Okashita allegedly shot his accomplice to death in a bid to place all the blame on him for Endo’s death.
In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.