Takahashi Yuko (F)
Ex-bar owner given life term for killing 2 husbands

Thursday, July 19, 2007
FUKUOKA — The Fukuoka District Court sentenced a former bar owner to life imprisonment Thursday as sought by prosecutors for killing her husband in 1994 and then her next spouse in 2000. Yuko Takahashi, 51, was found guilty of stabbing her first husband Yuji Nomoto, 34, to death, with the help of her boyfriend, at their home in the town of Shime, Fukuoka Prefecture, in October 1994.
She was also convicted of drowning her next husband Takayuki Takahashi, then 54, without an accomplice in the bath of their home in the city of Fukuoka in November 2000. Takahashi's boyfriend Kenichi Ide, 36, a former home tutor, was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and six months. Prosecutors had demanded imprisonment of 12 years. (Kyodo News)