Former bar hostess sentenced to death for two murders
The Tottori District Court on Tuesday sentenced a former bar hostess to death for the murder of two men in 2009.
According to the court ruling, Miyuki Ueta, 38, murdered Kazumi Yabe, 47, a truck driver, and Hideki Maruyama, 57, a store owner, NTV reported. Ueta owed both men money, the court heard. Yabe drowned in the sea, while Maruyama met a similar fate in a river. Autopsies revealed that both men had been drugged before they went into the water.
A panel of six lay judges handed down the guilty ruling in the 75-day trial.
Lawyers for Ueta, who admitted to defrauding the two men but denied killing them, said they will appeal the ruling, claiming the prosecution’s case was based solely on circumstantial evidence, NTV reported.