A 65-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for assaulting his 73-year-old neighbor with a wooden sword causing serious injury in a fight over cats in Yorii, Saitama Prefecture, police said.
According to police, Yuichi Sasaki is believed to accosted the victim on a path near their respective homes at dawn on Nov 13, following which he allegedly struck him several times with the replica sword, fracturing his skull and causing grievous bodily harm. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.
Sasaki was quoted by police as saying he was angry that the victim's cat had been fighting with a wild cat Sasaki was feeding. "It's because you let your cat out that these fights happen," Sasaki told his neighbor, according to police. He added that he wasn't trying to kill the man.© Compiled from news reports