72-year-old man arrested for attempted murder after setting wife on fire


Police in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he doused his home with oil and set his wife on fire.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. A neighbor noticed black smoke rising from the residence of Masao Honda and called 119.

Firefighters said the two-story wooden house was partially damaged in the blaze. Honda’s wife, who is in her 70s, was found unconscious inside the house and remained in a critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.

Honda was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor burns and released Tuesday, at which point he was arrested. Police said his burns were not severe. 

Police said he has admitted attempting to kill his wife, who is disabled.

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Terrible. Whether it was to relieve himself of burden or his wife of suffering, to face such a choice is truly horrifying.

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Third such case this week

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Must be some history behind this guy, there's no smoke without fire as they say

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Well if I was disabled I would probably prefer the old pillow over my face suffocation to burning to death. I wonder who will take care of the wife now. What a tragedy.

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Who burns their wife? Get drunk and hang out at pachinko is a better solution.

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His wife was disabled. What a wretched heart to try to burn her to death inside the family home!

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Lille or NO love all along all along

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Police said he has admitted attempting to kill his wife, who is disabled. burning her alive, the most painful way to die? If that is his idea of mercy killing, that is a fail.

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