News ID: 237863
Published: 0813 GMT January 25, 2019

19-year-old Japanese gets life in prison for murder of 85-year-old woman

19-year-old Japanese gets life in prison for murder of 85-year-old woman

A 19-year-old youth was sentenced to life in prison for the robbery and murder of an 85-year-old woman in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture in Japan, in February 2018.

The defendant, who was 18 at the time of the crime, was arrested along with another 18-year-old youth and a 17-year-old youth. None them can be named because they are minors, reported.

The Chiba District Court said in its ruling on Thursday that the defendant, who worked in the construction industry, was the ringleader, Sankei Shimbun reported. The other two suspects will be tried separately.

The court heard that the three admitted to entering the house of Yoshiko Shiino with the intention of robbing her sometime on the night of February 23, 2018. The body of Shiino was found at around 9:00 a.m., local time, the next morning by her daughter-in-law who called 110 — emergency number for calling police in Japan.

The front door to the house was not locked. Prosecutors said Shiino had been hit several times by a blunt object and stabbed. A bloodied knife was left at the scene of the crime.

Shiino lived with her oldest daughter who had been recently hospitalized, so she was living alone at the time of the incident, police said. She was last seen alive by her son at around 5:00 p.m. on the day of the murder.

The three suspects, two of whom had no fixed address, said they did not know Shiino but thought she might have a lot of money and other valuables in the house.



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