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FUKUOKA (Kyodo) A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman and seriously injuring another after demanding money from them in separate stabbings in the city of Fukuoka in 2008.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Suguru Noji, telling the Fukuoka District Court on Wednesday that his actions were “despicable and atrocious” and there is little chance he can be rehabilitated.

Noji’s lawyers argued he should not have to take criminal responsibility because he was in a state of panic when he stabbed the women and he routinely experiences delusions and hallucinations.

During the trial, Noji underwent mental examinations at the request of his lawyers, which showed he was mentally competent to take responsibility for his actions.

According to the indictment, Noji stabbed to death Hisako Tanaka, 78, on the premises of her apartment on April 14, 2008. On March 25 the same year, he stabbed a woman in her 30s on a street, seriously wounding her.

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