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Death sentence upheld for ‘konkatsu’ murderer

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal filed against a death sentence by a woman over the high-profile “black widow” murders in 2009 of three men she met through “konkatsu” matchmaking websites.

The sentence for Kanae Kijima, 42, which was given by Saitama District Court in 2012 and upheld by Tokyo High Court in 2014, is thus set to become final.

Kijima was convicted of killing the three men, then 41, 53 and 80 in Tokyo and the nearby prefectures of Chiba and Saitama between February and August 2009 by burning coal briquettes in stoves to make them die from carbon monoxide poisoning. In her trial, Kijima pleaded not guilty, pointing to a lack of direct evidence identifying the perpetrator.Speech

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