Asia briefs: 'Haiku' murderer sentenced to death

'Haiku' murderer sentenced to death

TOKYO • A convicted murderer, who left behind a haunting "haiku" poem after committing his grisly deeds, was sentenced to death yesterday.

The district court in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture handed down the sentence two years after Kosei Homi, 65, was arrested for killing five elderly residents in a tiny mountain hamlet. The victims, in their 70s and 80s, were battered to death.


'Gutter oil' scandal: Company chief jailed

TAIPEI • A court has sentenced the head of a Taiwanese company to 20 years in jail for his role at the centre of a "gutter oil" scandal that gripped the island's food industry and brought down a government minister.

Yeh Wen-hsiang, chairman of Chang Guann Co, was also fined NT$50 million (S$2.16 million) for his part in selling 243 tonnes of tainted oil collected from cookers, fryers and grease traps, as well as recycled grease from leather processing plants.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe