Police in Osaka have arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of killing and robbing an 82-year-old man at his home in Ikuno Ward in December.
According to police, the three suspects — Masakazu Ukegawa, 44, a company employee, his unemployed wife Saki, 23, who both live in Yao, and Toshio Nogi, 58, a construction worker from Osaka — got into the house of Katsuya Kawasaki through a second-floor balcony at around 12:30 a.m. on Dec 1 with the aim of robbing him, Fuji TV reported. They beat him about the head with a hammer, police said.
Police said Ukegawa has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying they had heard that Kawasaki kept a lot of money and valuables in the house. Kawasaki worked as a money lender before he retired. Police said the suspects stole a large amount of cash after killing Kawasaki.
A friend who came to visit Kawasaki at around 7 a.m. discovered his body.
Police said the three suspects were identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage outside Kawasaki’s house.© Japan Today