The Supreme Court this week dismissed the appeal of a man who was sentenced to life for the murder of a toddler in Kumamoto.
In March 2011, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, then a 20-year-old university student, was found guilty of abducting three-year-old Koko Shimizu who was with her family shopping at a supermarket. Yamaguchi was charged with strangling her to death in a restroom at the store, before putting her body into his rucksack and dumping it in a nearby canal.
Yamaguchi was identified after surveillance camera footage showed him going into the toilet after the little girl went in and showed him coming out with a bulky rucksack.
Yamaguchi was tried twice under Japan's lay judge system, found guilty both times and sentenced to life in prison. On Wednesday, Yamaguchi's final appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court, TBS reported.
As a result, the verdict will not be overturned and it is expected he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Yamaguchi's lawyer had appealed the sentence on the grounds that his client was mentally incompetent.© Japan Today