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Man in prison for attempted murder gets life sentence for killing 9-year-old girl in 2004

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A 43-year-old man in prison for attempted murder has been given a life sentence for killing a 9-year-old girl in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2004.

The Okayama District Court handed down the ruling Thursday against Kunihiko Katsuta who has been in prison since 2016, Fuji TV reported.

Yukiko Tsutsushio was stabbed to death after she returned home from school just after 3 p.m. on Sept 3, 2004. Her parents were out at the time. Her sister came home at about 3:30 p.m. and found Yukiko with multiple stab wounds to her chest and stomach.

More than 60,000 police officers worked on the case but failed to turn up any solid clues.

The case took a dramatic turn in May 2018 when Katsuta said that he had killed Yukiko. Police questioned Katsuta who told them he saw Yukiko walking home alone and followed her.

Katsuta was convicted of attempted murder in 2016 after he stabbed a junior high school girl on a street in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in 2015. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Katsuta was also jailed in 2010 for four years for assaulting several school children. He said at the time he liked hitting children to see the look of terror on their faces and told the court he had punched children on at least 70 occasions.

At the initial trial, the Himeji branch of the Kobe District Court noted in its ruling that Katsuta had developed an interest in animation while at high school and a taste for seeing girls' shirts soaked in blood, which later grew into an urge to stab girls.

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“Katsuta had developed an interest in animation while at high school and a taste for seeing girls' shirts soaked in blood, which later grew into an urge to stab girls.”

and people get upset when some of us question animes worth!

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Hopefully this poor man, himself a victim of a vicious society, gets the help he needs to fully rehabilitate himself and one day be a caring, giving, valued and productive member of the community.

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P.Smith..

The death penalty serves no purpose beyond retribution.

You forgot punishment.

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What a sad story! Rest In Peace.

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Hopefully the family of the victim can get some small degree of closure with this sentence.

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Righto! We've heard this kind of intemperate talk a lot recently with violent rioting mobs screaming for hangings and blood. Common garden-variety psychopaths will always be part of the furniture in modern societies; these people are sick, society must be protected but more killing by the state is not the solution to the human condition.

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Gutter trash. Just throw him off a cliff. He doesn't deserve comfort.

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any rope around?or should i send one?

why this "sentence"?

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HiroToday  07:16 am JST

@Fighto!, sometimes living is harder that dying. Why make it easier for him? He should suffer a few decades in prison first. Get the life slowly suck out of him. May he suffer from waking up everyday and remember his cruelty and why he is in prison.

Sometimes is worse for people who has nothing but time on their hands and has to think about what they have done. Is also a form of torment.

It could make his life a mental hell before he goes to the one in the next life. OR the remote possibility is that he could clean up his act.

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The guy had apparently retracted his confession and was asking to be freed. Thank goodness they placed value on his earlier statements.

With the news revealed about his other similar crimes in Himeji and elsewhere, I wonder why 6,000 police officers could not put two and two together? A lack of interdepartmental cooperation or sharing of information?

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Some people are too crazy to learn anything from life imprisonment. Why risk this freak ever getting out?

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60,000 police worked on the case? Either a perfect murder or some serious incompetence.

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I agree with most of the comments that this vile pig should be slaughtered but I would vote for a good 'ole drawing and quartering

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Speechless.

Please tell me how he could have fled so many times.

Aren't parents concerned and behave like vigilantes when this happens in your neighbourhood or hear it from news ?

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That human garbage deserved the gallows, at least it will be locked up for the rest of its stinking life..

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More than 60,000 police officers worked on the case but failed to turn up any solid clues.

This about sums up Japan's productivity rates...or lack thereof. Combing through stacks of floppy disks to find a miniscule shred of evidence I suppose...

But yeah, hang this vile piece of scum. He doesn't deserve to live out the rest of his days in jail where he gets a bed and 3 square meals a day.

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Fighto, your emotional reaction to the killing of a child is perfectly understandable, but Hiro is right: more imagination is needed and, I would add, we all must keep a serious sense of proportion by considering all the blood shed by children around the world annually as a result of decisions to use violence by our so-called statesmen, such as "Sir Tony" and his ilk.

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More than 60,000 police officers worked on the case but failed to turn up any solid clues.

More evidence that Japan has far too many police officers and resources. The NPA budget has risen 20 percent 2015 to 2020 even while the population has dwindled. Why?

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The scum should be executed. What right does he have to be kept alive? He has committed the most heinous crime in society and it is a huge waste of taxpayers money to allow him to live for decades more.

Yes, he should be. Unfortunately, Japan doesn't execute on single murders.

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@Fighto!, sometimes living is harder that dying. Why make it easier for him? He should suffer a few decades in prison first. Get the life slowly suck out of him. May he suffer from waking up everyday and remember his cruelty and why he is in prison.

Sometimes is worse for people who has nothing but time on their hands and has to think about what they have done. Is also a form of torment.

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The scum should be executed. What right does he have to be kept alive? He has committed the most heinous crime in society and it is a huge waste of taxpayers money to allow him to live for decades more.

Rest in Peace to poor little Yukiko.

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