The Supreme Court has dismissed the final appeal of a 57-year-old man convicted of robbing and murdering a 66-year-old taxi driver in 2015 in Kazuno City, Akita Prefecture.
In September 2015, Jin Azumaya was arrested over the robbery and murder of Yoshitsugi Tanaka, a taxi driver who was found dead by a road near a train station in Kazuno City, Sankei Shimbun reported. Tanaka was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and run over by a vehicle.
During his trial, Azumaya insisted that his objective had nothing to do with money, but rather, he “wanted to commit a crime to quit his company” at the time. His lawyers argued that his behavior was irrational.
However, the Akita District Court and the Sendai High Court’s Akita branch ruled that Azumaya’s crime was, in fact, a premeditated murder.
Prosecutors said that Azumaya had prepared a car to escape the scene and wore a mask to conceal his identity. He was sentenced to life in prison.
On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed his final appeal.© Japan Today