Police in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, have re-arrested a 52-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of fatally beating his mother at their home.
Police said Noboru Takahashi, who was initially arrested on suspicion of assaulting his mother, has admitted to the charge, Sankei Shimbun reported. He was quoted as saying he was stressed out from caring for his ailing mother.
Police said Takahashi beat his mother Shoko on the hips and buttocks in late February. Shoko was taken to hospital where she died of her injuries on March 4. The following day, Takahashi was arrested on suspicion of inflicting bodily injury on his mother.
According to police reports, Takahashi began taking on the responsibility of caregiving for his mother in February 2019. At the time of the assault, Shoko was bedridden.
Police said Takahashi told them: “I tried to get her to take her medicine, but she wouldn’t listen to me. I just got stressed out from being her only caregiver.”© Japan Today