Chiba cops: Elderly woman dies after husband beat, caned her

A woman died after her husband beat and caned her in Chiba Prefecture (TBS News)
A woman died after her husband beat and caned her in Chiba Prefecture (TBS News)

CHIBA (TR) – Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested an elderly man for beating his wife who died shortly afterward, TBS News reports (November 6).

Nobuhiro Watanabe, 78, allegedly caned and beat his wife, Kyoko Watanabe, 74, at their home in Michihara City, Chiba Prefecture, on Friday.

Watanabe, who has been charged with inflicting injury, admits to the allegations. “This is something I did,” he is quoted by the Michihara Police Station.

An investigation is under way to determine the causal link between the beating and Kyoko’s death, police said, stopping short of saying Watanabe will face murder charges.

Police received a call on Saturday from the 45-year-old daughter of the couple who lives with them, saying her “mother’s body was cold.” Responding officers found her dead at the scene.

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