TOKYO - A Japanese high court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a Filipino man to life imprisonment over the 2004 gang rape and murder of a university student in Ibaraki Prefecture near Tokyo.
According to the Mito District Court ruling in July last year, Jerico Mori Lampano, 37, conspired with two other Filipino men to rape and kill the 21-year-old Ibaraki University student by cutting her throat multiple times on a riverbank in the village of Miho, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Jan. 31, 2004.
The three men abducted the victim in a vehicle in the nearby town of Ami earlier that day.
During the high court trial, Lampano's defense lawyers had claimed the life term was too severe for the accused, who pleaded guilty at the lower court.
Police arrested Lampano in September 2017 based on DNA samples collected from the student's body.
The two other men, who were minors and colleagues of Lampano at the time of crime, returned to the Philippines and have been placed on an international wanted list. It remains uncertain if they will be prosecuted as Japan does not have an extradition treaty with the Philippines.