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Tokyo police arrest woman for murder after stabbing, beating boyfriend

Azuha Kikuchi
Azuha Kikuchi
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a woman for allegedly killing her boyfriend in the apartment they shared in Chuo Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 3).

Officers took Azuha Kikuchi, 28, into custody on charges of murder after she repeatedly beat the head of her boyfriend, 48, with a metal bat and stabbed him in the chest with a knife on Sunday and Monday.

After the incident, Kikuchi contacted a male acquaintance. At around 12:20 p.m. on Monday, the body of the suspect’s boyfriend, clothed in pajamas covered in blood, was found slumped at the edge of a bed inside a room of their fifth-floor apartment, located about 500 meters from JR Hachobori Station. He was confirmed dead soon after arriving at a nearby hospital.

Kikuchi has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “Things got complicated after we talked about separating,” the suspect said. “So I stabbed and beat him.”

Inside the apartment, police found a bat covered in the blood of the victim. They also discovered a knife inside a bag of Kikuchi. Police believe the bat had recently been purchased by Kikuchi for use in the alleged crime, according to Nippon News Network (Feb. 3).