HIMEJI, Hyogo -- A man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing an acquaintance at her apartment in this western Japan city after she had earlier filed a report about the man's domestic violence, police said on July 13.
Hyogo Prefectural Police revealed on July 12 that Akane Taguchi, 24, a company employee, died after she was found bleeding from the abdomen at her apartment in a prefectural housing complex on the afternoon of that day. Police launched a murder investigation and hours later arrested Yuichi Yoshinao, 36, a part-time worker of no fixed address, after he turned himself in at Kyoto Prefectural Police's Kamigyo Police Station at around 5:50 p.m. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations.
According to Hyogo police, Taguchi had lived with her 6-year-old son. At around 1:30 p.m. on July 12, the son told a neighbor that his mother "got yelled at by someone and collapsed in a pool of blood." The neighbor then called an ambulance. Taguchi was found lying on the floor in the apartment and a bloodstained kitchen knife was left nearby.
In June, Taguchi consulted with Hyogo Prefectural Police's Shikama Police Station, claiming that Yoshinao had beaten her after an argument. Officers advised Taguchi to return to live with her parents among other measures in a bid to avoid his violence but she later withdrew the complaint.
Fumiaki Takayama, head of Shikama Police Station, commented, "It's very regrettable that we couldn't save the victim's life."
(Japanese original by Kwanghoon Han and Atsuko Nakata, Kobe Bureau)