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Japanese ‘Twitter killer’ murdered nine people with their consent

A Japanese man, who used to lure people on Twitter, admitted to murdering nine people. Dubbed the “Twitter killer”, 29-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi is also accused of dismembering his victims and storing body parts in coolboxes. He is also facing rape charges, according to media reports.

But lawyers for Takahiro Shiraishi, 29, argued the charges should be reduced because the victims — who had expressed suicidal thoughts — gave their consent to be killed. If convicted of murder, Shiraishi faces the death penalty, which is carried out by hanging in Japan.

Shiraishi did not contest nine counts of murder, saying they “are all correct”, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Shiraishi is accused of using Twitter to contact victims aged between 15 and 26 who posted online about taking their own lives, telling them he could help them in their plans — or even die alongside them.

In an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun daily, Shiraishi said he disagreed with his lawyers and would tell prosecutors that he had “killed without consent”.

“There were bruises on the back of the victims’ heads. It means there was no consent and I did it so that they wouldn’t resist,” he said in comments published on Wednesday.