• Kyodo


A 31-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering a 17-year-old girl in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, whom he had stalked because she refused to date him again.

The Numazu branch of the Shizuoka District Court found Hidemasa Hiraguri guilty of stalking and murdering Maki Otake on April 19, 2000.

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