• Kyodo News


Prosecutors demanded on Monday the death sentence for one man and life in prison for another charged with killing two siblings in a robbery-murder last year in Akiruno, western Tokyo.

At the Tokyo District Court’s Hachioji branch, the prosecutors demanded death for Kazuo Okikura, 61, a former employee of the Akiruno Municipal Government, and life in prison for Yoriaki Imaruoka, 65, who runs a civil engineering business.

They are charged with conspiring to kill Hirokazu Obuku, 51, and his sister, Yasuyo, 54.

The brother and sister were killed in his home after Okikura and Imaruoka broke in and stole ¥350,000 in cash at knifepoint.

They allegedly dumped the corpses in Nagano Prefecture and withdrew some ¥5.2 million from a bank account with a cash card stolen from the home.

The prosecutors said Okikura was heavily in debt and asked Imaruoka to go in on the crime.

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