Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

'Black Widow' sentenced to death in Japan

Chisako Kakehi Chisako Kakehi
Lillian Steele | 08 November, 2017, 01:11

She is married with four of them and made them acquainted through marriage agencies, which to him had, at his request, older men, wealthy, without children and living alone.

A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow" over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband was sentenced to death Tuesday, in a high-profile murder case that has gripped Japan.

Chisako Kakehi, aged 70, has been called during his trial the " black widow", in reference to this spider devouring the male after mating.

According to the BBC, Kakehi had three other husbands who all passed away, though she has not been charged with any crime in relation to their deaths. She has also received the name of" poison ivy " as she had sometimes use cyanide to achieve his ends.

The court underlined that Kakehi did not suffer dementia when she committed the last crime in December 2013. Kakehi's lawyers plan to appeal the decision, reports the Guardian.

Kyoto District Court sentenced Kakehi for the murder of three men, including a husband.

First diagnosed with mild dementia in 2016, Kakehi said she had trouble remembering events shortly after her arrest. But following his death in 1994, the business went bankrupt and her house was put up for auction, prompting her to ask neighbors for a loan.

In the first public hearing, Kakehi said she would leave everything to her lawyers, but her statements lacked coherence and she once admitted to committing murder during proceedings.

But the defence argued that much of the case rested on circumstantial evidence, and there was no evidence directly pinning Kakehi to the deaths - including how she had obtained and stored the cyanide.

"Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling", Kakehi reportedly told judges. She married or was associated with more than 10 men and inherited about ¥1 billion, though she eventually fell into debt following dabbles into the stock market and futures trading.

While sentencing the old woman, presiding judge Akiko Nakagawa said: "It was an extremely malicious and sneaky crime borne out of greed for money".

It was the second-longest court case involving a jury since Japan introduced a joint judge-jury system in 2009.

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