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Yoshimi TOYODA





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Poisoner - Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: August 1996 / September 1997
Date of birth: 1943
Victims profile: Kazuko Nakano, 44 (his live-in lover) / Hide Shigeta, 62 (restaurant owner)
Method of murder: Poisoning (lethal dose of amphetamines) / Shooting
Location: Shizuoka/Aichi prefectures, Japan
Status: Sentenced to death on July 19, 2000

Death sentence upheld on brutal double-murderer

Mainichi Shimbun

March 1, 2002

NAGOYA -- A man who killed his lover and another man so he could rob them will still face the gallows after the Nagoya High Court upheld a lower court ruling.

A death sentence the Nagoya District Court imposed on Yoshimi Toyoda will remain after the Nagoya High Court found nothing to support the 58-year-old's appeal.

"Your crimes were cruel and motivated with a maliciousness that leaves no room for leniency," Presiding Judge Nobuaki Horiuchi said. "Relatives of the victims are also determined to see justice served."

Court records said that Toyoda drugged his live-in lover Kazuko Nakano with sleeping pills in August 1996. He then injected her with a lethal dose of amphetamines and buried the body in a secluded part of Shizuoka Prefecture. He stole over 10 million yen of her cash and assets.

Toyoda's second murder conviction came from the shooting death of restaurant owner Hide Shigeta in September 1997. Toyoda owed Shigeta money and was unwilling to repay the debt.


Man sentenced to hang for killing two women

The Japan Times

July 20, 2000

NAGOYA (Kyodo) The Nagoya District Court sentenced a 56-year-old man to death Wednesday for killing two women, in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, and robbing them of their cash and bankbooks.

The court found Yoshimi Toyoda guilty of the August 1996 murder of Kazuko Nakano, 44, and the September 1997 slaying of Hide Shinoda, 62. The court said he killed the two to avoid repaying money the women had loaned him.

In handing down the sentence sought by prosecutors, Judge Tetsukazu Yamamoto said, "The criminal nature of the defendant is extremely clear, judging from his selfish character, contempt for human life and lack of moral standards."

Yamamoto said Toyoda used people until they were of no use to him anymore and did not flinch from taking their lives when that time came.

Even after considering testimony in the defendant's favor, the judge said he had "no choice" but to sentence Toyoda to hang.

"The defendant committed two acts of robbery and murder within the space of little more than a year," he said. "The victims had done nothing wrong, the methods used were base and cruel, and there is no room for consideration of an indefinite prison term."

According to the court, Toyoda in August 1996 murdered Nakano by injecting her with a lethal dose of stimulants after drugging her with sleeping pills he had slipped into her coffee.

Toyoda then stole Nakano's bankbook and withdrew about 1 million yen from her account in September that year, the court said.

According to prosecutors, Nakano, who was then living with Toyoda in Kannai, Shizuoka Prefecture, had been pressing the defendant to return money she loaned him.

Toyoda was also convicted of murdering Shinoda, who ran a bar in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Toyoda conspired with Isao Doi, 38, to steal an etching from a Shizuoka convalescent home and used it as collateral to borrow 4.2 million yen from Shinoda in September 1997, the court ruled. Doi, who was unemployed, was sentenced by the Nagoya District Court to an indefinite prison term and is currently appealing the ruling.

Later the same month, Toyoda killed Shinoda by hitting her with a steel pipe and then shooting her once in the head in a park in Owariasahi, Aichi Prefecture, the court said.

He then stole 60,000 yen in cash off her body, which he left in a thicket, prosecutors said.

Lawyers for Toyoda said they would appeal Wednesday's sentence.


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