Pedophile Kaoru Kobayashi in Japan recognizes that he is unable to be rehabilitated after being arrested for sexually assaulting and murdering a young girl in Japan. He asks for a death sentence because he knows that he has no chance on being rehabilitated.
Wouldn’t it be great if this was an option afforded the courts in this country. Let the judge ask before an expensive trial if the accused just wants to be put to death then and there.
A man under indictment for abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering a young girl has asked the judge trying his case to sentence him to death, his defense lawyer said.
Kaoru Kobayashi, 37, has sent several letters to Judge Tetsuya Okuda at the Nara District Court on June 27 and July 10, after his trial was concluded, asking that he be punished with death.
“I would like to be sentenced to death,” the letters partly read. “I have no confidence in being able to rehabilitate myself.” The court subsequently sent the letters back to his lawyer Yoshio Takano.
“I suppose he believes he has no choice but to atone for his crimes with his own life. A chaplain at the detention center where he is confined chants a sutra for him every day,” said Takano.
Kobayashi also sent a letter to a magazine editor on Aug. 1, apologizing to the victim’s bereaved family.