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16-year-old girl hit with axe in Ibaraki; older brother on the run

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Police are searching for a man in his 30s after a 16-year-old girl was hit with an axe in the barn of her home on Sunday morning. The suspect is believed to be the older brother of the injured girl.

Police received a call at around 10.30 a.m. Sunday from Suteo Kikuchi, 69, telling them his daughter had been attacked, and when they arrived at his home in the town of Daigo, found the 16-year-old girl lying down on the second floor of the barn.

Police said the first year high school student went to the barn to fetch her dad’s work gear when she was suddenly attacked by a man believed to be her brother, inflicting injuries to the back of her head that required several stitches.

The axe was left at the scene and police are searching for her older brother who is suspected of attempted homicide. Her unemployed brother, 35, lives separately but came home several times a year, police said.

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Undoubtedly his excuse will be that she taunted him for being out of work and he was overcome with stress. At least she survived.

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A 19-year gap between siblings?? There's something a little unordinary about this family, I think... Is he a full brother, I wonder...?

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Meh.. maybe the dope mistook her for a burglar. I'll wait for more details.

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This is shocking. Getting stabbed with a knife is one thing, but taking an Axe shot is another. Hope this girl recovers.

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Okay, the brother is 35 but the J-Cops are looking for "someone in his 30s". Granted, 35 is in the thirties but why not look for someone who is 35? By the way, let's hear it for Suteo. Fathered a child at 53 and working at 69.

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Thank god she even survived. I thought she may have, given that 'dead' wasn't in the title, but I'm still surprised. Even without the major gash an axe can inflict (especially to the head), the force and weight of it could have been enough to kill her.

What a sick brother, and an increasingly sick society in Japan. I didn't fail to notice the 'unemployed' in the story, and I've no doubt that'll be the excuse for many, as well as the criminal himself. Get well soon, young lady.

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I don't understand why this old brother hit his little sister with axe. Maybe there might have had some kind of feud between them.

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@kwatt: Ya think?

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perhaps she startled him while he was "attending" to the animals

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I agree completely with Kwatt. I have thought a lot about it, and I suspect there may have been some possibly minor issue or disagreement amongst the siblings. Maybe. Perhaps.

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@bobcatfish; He was "attending" to the animals with a axe? Kinky!

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Poor girl, doing her duty for the old man and attacked in the barn in Daigo! Let's all keep an eye out for a man in his thirties!

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He's outside the nearest train station attempting to snip off a lock of hair from a random junior high schoolgirl's head. The police will be able to find him if they wait outside his apartment, where he will be sitting in the dark, naked, madly sniffing the lock of hair. He will then confess to both crimes, adding "I was stressed out about my career and wanted to relieve my stress." puts away crystal ball

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@techall: the reason - which seems to have escaped the psychic Judge/Jury/Executioner squad here - is that the police are not certain it was the brother.

I hope it was, because if it's not, then everyone here (and probably in Japan) has basically convicted an innocent man without waiting for the trial.

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Getting cracked in the skull with an axe and managing to escape with several stitches (the article suspiciusly neglected to mention her condition) is lucky indeed. I think I can hear some deliverance style banjo's twanging in the background on this one...

I hope she recovers fully. Head injuries can be tricky.

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It had to be a friend of Ichihashi's who's look alike I saw on the train today in Tokyo. I looked long and hard anc concluded that he was too heavy set to be the man on the run. But his face and height sure bore resemblance.

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And by the way, let's not give this guy with the axe to grind a free pass. Could be coming back or more.

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Why no picture of the suspect? Would help us identify him if we came across him in our travels. Plenty of men in their 30's about.....

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This brother of hers must be watching a lot of Western Indian movies. Injury is serious enough to have consequences in the future. Why would this guy use 'axe?' This is all very strange. His does need to be examined by 'shrink with axe in his hands.' I wonder which one will walk out alive from the consulting room.

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where would one even get an axe to do that kind of thing?

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Maybe he was jealous of daddy's little girl?

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20 years difference in age about...hmmm. Maybe the girl was his own child. Maybe he has another axe and left the one behind to confuse us on purpose.

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norinrad21. "where would one even get an axe to do that kind of thing?"

In a barn loft maybe? (See article)

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They were in the barn together, and she was attacked because she wouldn't consent. Onichan is going away for a long time, once he's caught. But, I suspect his body will be found next to a suicide note later.

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shades of Lizzie Borden. Lucky this guy wasn't very motivated. Or not completely insane.

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The suspect is believed to be the older brother of the injured girl.

Soo... they don't know? OK. I can understand the scenario where she might not have seen her attacker, but I think the rest of her family, i.e. her dad, would notice that one of their relatives was missing.

Good luck with that.

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She was just dating a few more guys than family strict code would permit so older brother took a revenge on her to teach her a lesson... Just a possible scenario.

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