Tomohiro Kato, a man on a death row for killing seven people and injuring 10 others in an indiscriminate rampage in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in 2008, has been executed, sources said Tuesday, APA reports citing The Japan Times.
His death sentence was finalized by the Supreme Court in February 2015. According to the ruling, Kato, a nonregular worker, ran a truck into pedestrians in a vehicle-free zone in Akihabara on June 8, 2008, killing three people and injuring two. He then got out of the vehicle and fatally stabbed four other people with a knife, injuring eight others.
The top court had dismissed Kato’s appeal against a lower court sentence, describing his actions as “leaving no grounds for leniency,” and stating that he was motivated by rage after being harassed on an internet forum he had become engrossed in.
The Tokyo High Court upheld the death sentence in September 2012 after it was first handed down by the Tokyo District Court.