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20 Year Sentence for Man who Murdered Japanese Tourist

David Wicaksono to Prison for 20 Years for Murdering Rika Sano in Bali.

(5/8/2010) David Goltar Wicaksono, the man convicted in the rape and murder of Japanese tourist Rika Sano, has been handed a 20 year prison sentence by the Denpasar District Court.

In the final session of the murder trial on May 3, 2010, a panel of judges headed by Dewa Made Wenten declared their agreement with the conclusions of the public prosecutor, Eddy Arta Wijaya, who earlier told the courts that Wicaksono had been proven to have brutally committed sexual assault and murder against the Japanese tourist.

According to Beritabali.com, the judges based their guilty verdict on the testimony of several witnesses, the confession of the defendant and the forensic reports resulting yielded by the victim's autopsy.

The sentence of 20 years was less than the life sentence requested by the prosecutor. The judges said that the sadistic nature of the murder, the fact that Rika Sano was an only child and the damage done to Bali's reputation all weighed against the defendant. In partial mitigation, the judges pointed to the polite demeanor of the Wicaksono during the trial process; his admission of guilt; and requests for forgiveness made to the family of the victim, the Japanese consul in Bali and Bali's tourism industry.

Both Wicaksono and the public prosecutor said that they would take under advisement whether or not to appeal the judges' verdict and the 20-year sentence that was handed down.

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