The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced four women to prison for beating to death another woman at her apartment in Shinjuku Ward in May 2014.
The ringleader, Kaori Katsumata, 44, was jailed for nine years, while her three co-defendants, aged 27, 21 and 21, received jail terms of six years, TV Asahi reported.
The court heard that the four women used pipes and a curling iron to attack Taeko Hashimoto, 31, who was an acquaintance, at her apartment on May 19, 2014. Hashimoto died of her injuries the next day.
The four women said they got mad at Hashimoto because they heard she had been bad-mouthing them to another woman whom they knew.© Japan Today