Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’ sentenced to death by hanging for killing nine people

Tokyo district court has sentenced a man to death for the 2017 murders of nine people, local media reported, ending a case that grabbed headlines in Japan with the culprit dubbed “Twitter killer” for contacting victims via the social media platform.

Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, was found guilty of murdering, dismembering and storing the bodies of the nine in his apartment in Zama city in Kanagawa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, the report said.

In court, the prosecution argued Shiraishi made contact with victims via Twitter after they expressed suicidal…

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