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Man sentenced to life for killing 9-year-old girl in 2004 loses appeal

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A 45-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for killing a 9-year-old girl in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2004, has had his appeal turned down by the supreme court.

The court upheld the ruling by the Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court on Jan 6, 2022, against Kunihiko Katsuta who has been in prison since 2016 for a previous crime, Kyodo News 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, in jail, 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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The case took a dramatic turn in May 2018 when Katsuta, in jail, said that he had killed Yukiko. Police questioned Katsuta who told them he saw Yukiko walking home alone and followed her.

So, he admits to killing her, gets a life sentence, and then appeals it? What was he hoping for? The death penalty?

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Yes! His appeal will be granted!! And he should be given another trial!!!

And sentenced to death!!!!! The same way he killed the nine year old girl!!!

3 ( +10 / -7 )

DEATH SENTENCE !!!.. GALLOWS ASAP !!!...

0 ( +9 / -9 )

This sick animal should NEVER have been on the streets. The best thing for the public is for him to be hung. He has zero right to be kept alive at the public expense.

Rest in Peace to little Yukiko.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

After his previous crimes he should have been behind bars for life or under the earth.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

This is one sadistic, vile, sick, excuse for a human-being, who must never be set free to walk the streets again - life-imprisonment without parole will be imposed on him before long.

With any luck, he'll do the decent thing and top himself, once the enormity of the endless silence encased within four-walls dawns on him. At least then it would allow the victim's relatives some closure, and the certainty that he can never hurt anyone again.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Catch and release just doesn't work with some psychopaths, does it?

13 ( +13 / -0 )

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.

put the animal down already

8 ( +11 / -3 )

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.

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.

This piece of dog shet should NEVER see the outside of a prison. EVER.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Rope!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Some lawyers must have a hard time, to try to defend such a criminal

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Man sentenced to life for killing 9-year-old girl in 2004 loses appeal

Good.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I don't understand this

Why would they even waste their time honoring the appeal?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I think this:

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

is just as disturbing as this:

for killing a 9-year-old girl 

get rid of the those cops as well............60,000.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Given his previous crimes it is obvious that this sub-human will do this again, it is his raison d'etre in his pathetic life. And why was he granted leave to appeal?....I more thing, I do not believe 60,000 police officers were involved in this case, which city, in what ever country, has 60,000 cops just waiting to solve one crime. According to my notes, Japan's police force in total is just under 300,000, so that would be 20% of all the police working one case. And they failed. There is so much about this that just stinks of not just gross incompetence, but also gross indifference, he eventually admitted to the crime himself. But do not worry, the Japanese police are still 100% than the USA ones.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

That is the definition of a monster.

I wonder how possible he was not even given the death penalty, or that fellow prisoner mates did not do the job.

I have 2 girls and this guy's behavior is so traumatizing just reading this article.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I wish that he rot in jail!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

12? Lol to repeat the same crime again ! Until another victim ends up dead ! I don't understand the justice system !

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Such a sad story, that poor girl. I have no idea why such people like this killer exist in the first place.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Over 60,000 police officers worked this case and none of them could find a single lead until he confessed? Wow.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Suspiciously sounds like the police trying to pin a cold case on an already convicted murderer just so that they can get credited for closing the case

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The tragedy of cases like this, seen from within the context of ladder-climbing police is how they are often left to fester into big "career-making" headline cases before the full resources of the police are thrown into solving them.

It sounds cynical beyond belief but there have been many examples of this kind of thing in Japan and in other countries. The cops are often aware of offenders long before they make headlines but they do nothing to protect the public! They are far more interested in cashing in later on when their little deviants have morphed into full-blown monsters.

Crime is just another resource to some, something to be exploited for personal gain; both fo those who commit the crimes and then for those who 'solve' them.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

That guy belongs in one place: Standing over a trap door with his hand bound behind his back and a rope around his neck.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

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