Power Saw Beheading Japan’s First Jury Death Sentence


A man who used a saw to cut off a man’s head even as he begged to be killed first, his only response being to tell him to “stay still or I can’t cut your neck properly,” has been sentenced to hang in Japan’s first ever jury trial of a capital crime.

The murders in question were committed by a 32-year-old Yokohama resident, Hiroyuki Ikeda, against 2 men he did not even know.

Ikeda is said to have aspired to become a drug baron, and in order to further his trafficking aspirations he fell in with a 26-year-old man with a problem – he was involved in an ownership dispute over a Kabukicho mahjong parlour, and needed two men dealt with.

Ikeda assured him he was a “man who could kill people” and that he would take care of the problem in return for a stimulant dealing concession.

He proceeded to kidnap the 28-year-old manager of the mahjong establishment and a 36-year-old “company employee” (as most media reports call him – in fact he worked at a brothel) connected to the affair, holding them captive in a hotel. He also took the opportunity to rob the manager of $160,000.

The matter was far from dealt with however, as he still intended to kill them both. He started with the manager, whose death would be particularly hideous – he was decapitated alive with a power-saw.

The court was shown the flatcar-mounted power saw used in the crime, and heard how the victim begged for his life, cowering as his captor attempted to force his neck into the saw – his last entreaties were “Please, at least kill me first before you cut my head off!” but his murderer was having none of it, merely telling him “Stay still, I can’t get it to cut properly!”

After he was decapitated, hacked into pieces and stuffed into garbage bags for disposal, his killer remarked to his accomplice that “it’s just like a doll or something really.” His defence claimed this was as he was struggling to cope with the terrible fear of police bursting in on him.

His second victim, the pimp, was marginally luckier – he was killed by being stabbed in the head with a fruit knife, and then dismembered and disposed of in much the same way.

The crimes came to light when the dismembered torso of one victim and the lower half of another were discovered dumped, and further searches turned up arms and a head. Police soon launched an investigation.

Ikeda later found himself arrested for drug trafficking, and soon confessed to involvement with the murders.

A further 8 people were arrested in connection with the case, and an international arrest warrant has been issued on the man who requested the killings after he apparently fled the country.

To what extent the yakuza were involved with what is clearly not an individual crime is not clear – Japan’s worthless mass media almost completely avoid all mention of just who was behind all this.

A guilty verdict at the trial was not in any realistic doubt, but the question of whether he would be sentenced to hang has been the subject of much speculation, not least because this trial was the first death penalty case to involve “lay judges,” Japan’s watered down version of a jury, introduced in only 2005.

Once the trial reached its sentencing phase he was swiftly declared guilty of a variety of crimes including murder and corpse disposal, with the presiding judge sentencing him to death.

It is thought he will launch an appeal, his defence hinting that they consider the proceedings to not have given them enough time.

In Japan, still largely unfamiliar with the enlightened concept of allowing those too stupid or self righteous to excuse themselves from jury duty to determine the outcome of a trial, there have been doubts raised as to whether their spineless countrymen have the guts to order someone to the gallows.

These doubts appear to be unfounded, although non-Japanese observers might still be concerned about just how independent the verdicts are with the presence of actual judges “guiding” the verdict.

Even so, a female lay judge was said to have broken into tears whilst watching the man she had just condemned to death, and there are many in Japan who would like to see the death penalty abolished altogether – having to deal with recalcitrant jurors may yet hasten this process.

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    Avatar of Rudy
    Comment by Rudy
    07:14 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Death isn't a penalty. Make him work for free at sulfur mines the rest of his life.

    So he dies. Big fucking deal. Have him pay.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    07:31 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hanging is the right idea. They just have to make sure not to break his neck to give him some time to think about what he did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 17/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Big words from a retard, being all tough on the internet and all.

    I bet things were quite different if you would have to pull the lever. You'd probably piss your pants...

    Comment by SpectatorMode
    09:05 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I could do it.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    09:27 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Same here Arbjarb, I mean he's making it really easy to do with all the stuff he has done to get sentenced to Death in the first place...

    Avatar of Homu Improvement
    Comment by Homu Improvement
    11:47 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    That's probably why executioners in the middle ages got drunk before beheading people.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    10:15 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It would be impossible to kill someone face-to-face and not be emotionally affected by it (unless you're a psychopath or professional executioner) no matter what they had done.
    You could still kill them if you had to, but it's not going to be easy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most executioners back in the middle ages were just normal people who were 'volunteered' to do the beheading.
    The horror stories of taking multiple chops to behead someone are true. Due to the crappy axe that was designed to crush instead of cut, thus requiring more hits than necessary.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    05:40 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anon@8:22 I'd not like it one bit, but I sure could do it without any pissing.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    11:43 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is true...

    Avatar of TK-Chan
    Comment by TK-Chan
    07:01 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Kill me before you cut off my neck."

    I find that very strange.

    As horrible as this may sound, it doesn't strike me as much as others... I guess the "Friend-eats-Friend's-Dick" and "Rape-For-17-Years-Because-My-Daughter-Loves-Me" Article and such were more of a shock to me...

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    07:29 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Doesn't sound so strange when you think about how long you have to cut until a head is off. Considering the killer lamented about being unable to cut properly it might have been quite some time...

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    08:04 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah...I would settle for a good old-fashioned beheading with a samurai sword than a friggin' power saw any day if I were to be killed...

    The former is instantaneous while the latter is designed to give you as much fear and pain as possible as the saw slowly cuts through muscle, bone, and sinew, before you are finally decapitated...

    Man...That killer must be a real sadist...

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    Comment by Gitami
    09:40 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You need skill to do a efficient beheading. Who knows how long they can feel the pain after separation. Knife into the brain is quickest flash of pain but getting through the skull may be hard.

    There are reports of axemen/swordsmen being unable to properly behead prisoners, I believe one case involved a royalty requiring 16 chops all the while being alive. If you're so bad at beheading the crowd of onlookers may even turn on you and tear you apart.

    Avatar of Homu Improvement
    Comment by Homu Improvement
    11:44 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think having someone who is really good with a saw behead you would feel the same as some who is experienced with a sword or axe.

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    10:41 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, It won't matter if the sword or axe is as sharp enough like a hot knife through butter...

    And I sure as hell hope the person is an experienced executioner rather than some retard who watched too many samurai flicks...

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:50 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I'm getting some beheading fantasies with all this talk about chopping heads now...

    *faps to Juan Gotoh's "Applicant for Death"*

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    pretty much this

    i'd also rather die first since it would be a horrible experience to have a saw halfway through my neck

    and no, you would not be dead by then and most likely still concious

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    time slows when you're dying

    objectively, you might not lose consciousness for 2s, but subjectively, that 2s might as well be an hour

    Comment by Anonymous

    As soon as your blood vessels are ruptured, you will quickly loose a lot of blood from your head and loose consciousness almost instantly. The brain doesn't work without a crapload of blood.

    Avatar of DP
    Comment by DP
    08:15 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Knowing my power saw I would say less than 30s.

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:52 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The human body is as creepy as any animal...

    A chicken getting it's head cut off is the same as a human's although the chicken's body tends to live longer without a head...

    I heard about a decapitated chickens body who lived for months from some article I read a long time ago...

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:52 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Me too...

    The human body is as creepy as any animal...

    A chicken getting it's head cut off is the same as a human's although the chicken's body tends to live longer without a head...

    I heard about a decapitated chickens body who lived for months from some article I read a long time ago...

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:21 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anonymous above me

    Years!!! Yeah, now I remember...

    Haha, I wonder if the same thing can happen to a human...

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    09:09 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Knowing my (sharp and expensive as f*ck) custom-made Katana, I'd say a split-second...

    Then about 3-5 seconds for the decapitated head to finally lose awareness and die...

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    Comment by Megidola
    10:39 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    It's weird to think of the head still being alive for a few seconds.
    Reminds me of those experiments the soviets did with dogs in the 50s...that was some really creepy stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that chicken lived for several years, i believe, but it was because its brain stem was still attached so it still had all of the basic biological functions it needed to stay alive. it had to be specially fed, but other than that it was fine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think its reasonable. Anyone remember those taliban beheading videos, from what I remember I could swear that the victims did not immediately die and they seemed to be a slow painful process (granted they used machettes) but if you take into account a powersaw whose blade does not protrude out enough it would make the killing take a bit of time in a similar fashion..

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    Comment by tingle
    07:45 17/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i only agree with killing him because torturing him for the rest of his life is not an option.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    07:48 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    In cases like this I wish it was an option though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's easy to say that someone deserve to be tortured, but it is much harder to torture him and to stay sane at the same time.

    Execution are easier(well sort of), when it's done, it's done and you don't have to think more about it.

    Avatar of Homu Improvement
    Comment by Homu Improvement
    12:21 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Torturing may be easier then it seems as long as it is a machine or criminals are hated so much that no one thinks of them as human.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are kids allowed on this site?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 17/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    they should cut off his tongue and take out he's eyes and let him go free forbidding further medical care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    that is sick...

    Comment by Sharakan
    07:16 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wow this is horrible. good thing they caught him

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Just ship him to China. Either the hateful Chinese would deal with him shortly, or he'll start a killing spree in China.

    Either way, Japan benefits.

    Avatar of Queit Otaku
    Comment by Queit Otaku
    08:22 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    the story should have ended in his live beheading in the public, but hanging's fine too

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 17/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Let me ask you something, are you such a retard that you cannot spell "quiet" ?

    Either way, your opinions are irrelevant so please keep them to yourself...


    Comment by คภєк๏
    13:19 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here at 08:28 we have proof that one can be literate but still ignorant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol @ the Anon retard trolling spree

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    Comment by Vicious
    07:00 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Good to know People know how to kill normally in japan.
    I Always assumed they were fucked to death or comitted suicide.

    P.S It's a saw it's automatically gonna kill you xD

    Also Lol@ You get a death penalty for how badly you killed someone cna't be allowed a japanese identity if you kill someone grotesquely.

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    Comment by jordinyc
    07:50 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You didn't read the actual article from the newspaper. The full description is that he is to be "hung from the neck untill dead while being raped by an octopus, and 5 13 year old school girls in uniform all shit on his head.

    Wether this is his "last request" or part of the punishment is unclear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    if he really did it i say his sentence should be death by suffocating

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    Comment by Renzo
    14:01 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about a death sentence by a Power SAW that's used by him ( the one used for his killing ) ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 18/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Love the irony in that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    update: and then when he is almost dead as tho he accepted it safe him and then let him go through the whole ordeal again :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 17/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    That should have been done to your mother for allowing a freak like you to live...

    Avatar of SaruDa
    Comment by SaruDa
    10:53 17/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It is ironic that life is now seen as an innate human right. as little as a couple centuries ago infant mortality was such that you were considered lucky to make it into your teens.

    Avatar of Ben
    Comment by Ben
    09:28 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wait, so how does Japan usually handle criminal cases? Just a judge?

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    Comment by Unknown
    13:21 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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