A 46-year-old man was sentenced to death on Wednesday for the 2004 murders of a company president and his wife in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture.
The Osaka District Court ruled that Katsuaki Suzuki, an employee at a construction company, murdered Kenji Asai, 74, former president of a textiles company, and his wife Kiyo, 73, at their home in Izumi in 2004, TV Asahi reported. Their bodies were discovered in steel drums behind a vehicle found in a garage in Hannan City in 2009. Suzuki was arrested after his fingerprints matched those found in the vehicle. Suzuki was the last man to rent the parking space in 2004. He paid one month's rent for the garage and never returned the key nor was he able to be reached by the manager.
The court heard that Suzuki was acquainted with the pair, and that he beat them to death with a blunt instrument over a money dispute.
The verdict was handed down by six lay judges and three professional judges.© Japan Today