TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 55-year-old woman over the alleged fatal bashing of a man believed to be her former husband at their residence in Mitaka City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 15).
At around noon on Sunday, a woman telephoned emergency services, saying, “My former husband won’t get up.”
Emergency personnel arriving at the residence, located in the Shinkawa area, found a man, believed to be in his 60s, collapsed on the floor with injuries to the head and burns over his body. The man was later confirmed dead at a hospital, according to police.
Police later arrested Asako Akiyama on suspicion of murder. She admits to the allegations. The suspect is believed to have bashed the man with a hammer and doused him with boiling water while he slept. A hammer was found at the scene.
“He was sleeping on the floor,” the suspect was quoted. “I got angry after I told him to sleep on the bed and he didn’t budge.”
Police believe the man is the woman’s former husband, but the pair were still living together.