Chisako Kakehi, known as Japan’s "Black Widow," has been sentenced to death for enticing her elderly lovers to drink cyanide and then pocketing millions in insurance payouts, The Guardian reported.
The 70-year-old woman was handed the sentence at the Kyoto District Court, where Judge Ayako Nakagawa held Chisako accountable for the deaths of three men, including her husband, as well as the attempted murder of another.
"The accused made the victims drink a cyanide compound with a murderous intention in all the four cases," Nakagawa said, according to The Guardian.
Defence lawyers argued that Kakehi was suffering from dementia and was not criminally liable for the deaths but Nakagawa rejected this, describing the cases as "cunning and malicious" and "well prepared in advance."
"I have no choice but to impose the ultimate penalty," said Nakagawa, per BBC.
The British broadcaster noted that Kakehi was indicted for the murder of her fourth husband a month after they got married, in Dec. 2013, and was also accused of killing two other elderly boyfriends as well as the robbery and attempted murder of another boyfriend.
During the high-profile trial, prosecutors claimed Kakehi killed the men after she was made a beneficiary of various life assurance policies, the Telegraph reported.
Over 10 years she managed to cash in on millions but later lost her wealth through a series of failed financial tradings.
Kakehi later admitted in court to killing her fourth husband "because he gave other women tens of millions of yen but did not give me even a penny," The Telegraph noted.
During her trial testimony in July, Kakehi told judges she was ready to be hanged.
"Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling," she said, according to The Washington Post.
When hearing her sentence, the newspaper reported that Kakehi showed no remorse, instead saying "should I say something?"
Kakehi’s lawyers are planning to appeal to a higher court.
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