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‘Twitter Killer’ who murdered and cut up 8 women he stalked sentenced to death

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A sicko dubbed the “Twitter killer” who murdered and dismembered his victims has been sentenced to death.

Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested in 2017 after body parts were found in his flat in the city of Zama, near Japan's capital Tokyo.

He was keeping eight females and one male aged 15-26 in cold-storage cases.

Shiraishi approached his victims, many of whom had expressed suicidal thoughts, on Twitter and offered to help with their requests.

He killed the women, including teenagers, after raping them, and also killed a boyfriend of one of the women to silence him, investigators said.

On Twitter, Shiraishi used the name "Hangman", promising to help his victims die and inviting them to his flat.

Although his defence lawyers argued he assisted the victims' suicidal wishes, Shiraishi later said he killed them without their consent.

In the ruling, presiding Judge Naokuni Yano said none of the victims agreed to be killed and Shiraishi was fully responsible for their deaths, according to media reports.

He said the crime was extremely heinous and had caused fear and concern in a society where social media have become an indispensable part of everyday life, NHK public television reported.

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Japan's suicide rate ranks among the world's highest.

After a recent decline, the number has climbed back this year as people were hit by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan's crime rate is relatively low but it has experienced some recent high-profile killings.

In July 2016, a former employee of a home for the disabled allegedly killed 19 residents and injured more than 20 others.

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