April 22, 2009 1742 Views
Masumi Hayashi, 47, of Wakayama, Japan has been sentenced to death for a mass poisoning that occurred at a summer festival in 1998. The Court found that Hayashi, angry after a dispute with her neighbors, had laced the community curry with arsenic. Four people died and 60 were sickened in the incident.
The Japanese Supreme Court rarely applies the death penalty, reserving it for cases that revolt the public conscience. Once sentenced, inmates are likely to remain on death row for years while all of the avenues for appeal are exhausted. [Reuters; Image]