Ibaraki cops: Boy, 16, admits stabbing woman to death with ice pick

Suspect told police he stabbed woman before dumping her body in a river

A 16-year-old boy told police he dumped the body of a woma in the Nishiyata River last month
A 16-year-old boy told police he dumped the body of a woma in the Nishiyata River last month (ushikunumagyokyo.or.jp)

IBARAKI (TR) – Ibaraki Prefectural Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy who has admitted to stabbing a woman to death before dumping her body in Ryugasaki City, reports Nippon News Network (July 6).

Police arrested the boy, a second-year high school student from Tsukuba City, for dumping the body of Yasuko Shinji, a 42-year-old resident of Ushiku City, on a bank of the Nishiyata River in the Sanukimachi area on June 30.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a person out for a stroll found Shinji’s body floating face-up in a shallow part of the river. The body was attired in a short-sleeve t-shirt and jeans. She was not wearing shoes. Her chest and head had received stab wounds.

That same day, the boy turned himself over to officers at the Tsukuba Chuo Police Station in the company of his parents. He told police that he stabbed the woman with an ice pick before using his bicycle to abandon her body in the river.

The suspect, who told police that he was not acquainted with the woman, has been charged with abandoning a corpse. After determining the cause of death of Shinji, police may charge the boy with murder.

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