Juvenile’s senseless act of evil

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The youth claimed he had no me­mory of mur­der­ing Michiko, telling po­lice he had blacked out.

The court heard when asked if he had mur­dered Michiko the teenager said: “I don’t know, I might have. I just can’t re­mem­ber.

“I can’t even re­mem­ber, like, what hap­pened last month.’’

The jury de­lib­er­ated for about 30 min­utes be­fore find­ing him guilty of mur­der.

“Your vic­tim was an at­trac­tive woman,” Jus­tice Jones said dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

She could not speak English. To her you were a stranger,’’ he said.

“There was no ap­par­ent rea­son for her to go into the build­ing. Still less rea­son was there for her to go into the vault.”

In 1999, the killer ap­pealed to the Court of Ap­peal for le­niency.

Bar­ris­ter Tony Glynn, SC, ar­gued that the killing was “not par­tic­u­larly ruth­less” as killings go.

“It had the or­di­nary bru­tal­ity in­cluded in any mur­der,” Mr Glynn said.

It was not a sen­ti­ment shared by many in Cairns or by Mr Okuyama.

“An in­no­cent cit­i­zen has been mur­dered with­out any rea­son. This is one of the most bru­tal mur­ders,” he said.

TRAGIC LOSS: Michiko Okuyama was mur­dered in 1997 while vis­it­ing Cairns.

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