Pattaya Daily News

28 March 2009 :: 16:03:36 pm 9404

Pattaya Court Sentences Japanese Murderer To Death

As an update to a previously reported case, PDN can confirm that on Friday 28th March a Japanese man was sentenced to death for the murder of his friend Hiroshi Nakazono. The body of Mr. Nakazono (67) was found dumped in Sattahip on 26th December 2007. His hands and feet had been cut off.
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In the Pattaya district court, Mr. Kengo Ikeda (60), a native of Hokkaido Prefecture, was convicted of abandoning the corpse of his victim after suffocating him to death and robbing him of about 3 million yen in cash and his personal computer.

Ikeda had identified himself to Thai police as Toshihiko Sasaki when he was arrested in Thailand in December last year (2008). According to Japanese officials, Ikeda left Japan for Thailand in November 2004 and took on the identity of Sasaki, a real person who was reported missing in Hokkaido after Ikeda left the country.

Ikeda’s victim, a realtor from Tokyo who had regularly visited Pattaya, went missing after entering Thailand on 14th December 2007 with 3.47 million yen in cash, which he’d planned to deposit in a bank to be eligible for a long-stay visa, according to Pattaya police. CCTV footage at the airport had recorded Ikeda as he picked up the victim in a rented car, which was the last time Mr. Nakazono was seen alive.

For further details of this case see the links below:

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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