Japan’s Supreme Court confirms lighter sentence for man who fatally stabbed two
In the district court trial under the lay judge system, Isohi was sentenced to death. But the high court handed down the lighter sentence on the grounds that he was suffering from auditory hallucinations, only two people were killed, and the attack wasn’t planned.
Both prosecutors and Isohi’s lawyers appealed the high court ruling to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court’s First Petty Bench, presided over by Justice Hiroshi Koike, dismissed both appeals, thus confirming the lower court decision. An indefinite term can mean a life sentence, but parole is possible.
This is the fifth case in which a high court has dismissed a death penalty delivered by lay judges. Among them, the Minami stabbing was the first multiple murder case in which prosecutors appealed against a high court’s reversal of a lower court ruling.