A 79-year-old man is in hospital under police observation after being rescued from a river following a failed murder-suicide bid in Tokyo.
According to police, the man was pulled to safety while apparently trying to drown himself in the Sumida River in Taito Ward at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fuji TV reported that he was taken to hospital where he told emergency workers that he had murdered his wife earlier.
Police searched the couple's Setagaya apartment home, where they discovered the body of the man's 75-year-old wife in their bed. Police believe the woman, who has been named as Sachiko Katagiri, was strangled to death by her husband who then attempted to take his own life by jumping into the river.
Katagiri was quoted by police as saying that the pressure of caring for his wife, who had been suffering from depression, had become too much for him to bear.© Japan Today