Man sentenced to death over 16 arson murders
The Osaka High Court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence on a 49-year-old man convicted of setting fire to a video-viewing establishment in 2008, in which 16 people died. According to the ruling, Kazuhiro Ogawa—who had pleaded not guilty—lit paper in a bag with his lighter at the establishment early on the morning of Oct 1, 2008. Ogawa’s defense had argued that the fire started in a different room from the one occupied by Ogawa, according to TV reports.
But in Tuesday’s ruling, the court said that eyewitness reports placing Ogawa in the room where the fire started were reliable. Ogawa had lost his job and was in the process of getting a divorce at the time of the crime.