Nara, Japan- On Tuesday, 37-year-old Kaoru Kobayash was sentenced to death by hanging for the 2004 abduction, molestation, and murder of a Nara girl. Kobayashi had pleaded guilty and told the court, "I want to be executed quickly."
Police believe Kobayashi abducted 7-year-old Kaede Ariyama as she walked home from school, then molested and drowned her in his apartment in Sango.
Using the dead girl's mobile phone, he sent Ariyama's mother a picture of the child's corpse.
Before dumping the body in a gutter in the town of Heguri, Kobayashi multilated the corpse. Approximately a month after the murder, he sent a message to Ariyama's mother threatening to target his victim's younger sister.