A 62-year-old company executive was arrested Friday on suspicion of fatally assaulting his wife while she slept, punching her in the face during the early morning hours, at their home in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture. According to police, Takanari Saito beat his wife Kimiyo, 60, after coming home drunk.
Saito was quoted as saying: "I came home after a night out drinking and couldn't find the key that is always left at the entrance. I repeatedly knocked on the door, but she just kept on sleeping and didn't come open it for me. I got mad at her."
At 2:35 a.m., police received a call from Saito himself reporting that his wife was dead. They rushed to the home to find Kimiyo lying unconscious in the second floor bedroom. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Living in the home at the time besides Saito and his wife, were his mother, 88, and their second oldest son, 28.© News reports