85-year-old man arrested over death of 80-year-old wife


Police in Osaka have arrested an 85-year-old man on suspicion of killing his wife. 

Police quoted Enzo Iwata, who was arrested on Monday, as saying, “My wife was sick, and we were pessimistic about our future. My wife hung herself.”

A male passerby at a park in Higashinari Ward contacted the authorities around 4:25 a.m. on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. He told police he saw an elderly man pushing a woman seated in a wheelchair who appeared not to be moving.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Iwata still there. His wife, covered with a blue tarp, was also found near a pull-up bar. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Police said Iwata claims that he brought a vinyl string so his wife could hang herself on the park’s pull-up bar. Investigators have confirmed that she had marks on her neck from a cord. 

Furthermore, Iwata confessed that he was planning to die with his wife but couldn’t go through with it.

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The reason we need legal euthanasia.

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The reason we need legal euthanasia.

No, it's the reason we need decent social services, proper care for old people, structures to support families and neighbourhoods, facilities in which elderly people can meet and socialise, health care that deals with the whole person, and a societal change to recognise and respect the value of every human being.

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Poor old feller, can't really say he didn't do the right thing.

Hope they take extra-special care of him in the old-timer's prison.

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When the old and demented are taking care of the old and demented, this will always be the outcome. A poor and sad way to go.

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A few years ago, the same kind of sad story happened in my neighbor, about 50m from my flat. We saw the police and emergency cars, went down to gather information, but exactly learned the following day through the media what happened. The guy was 92, his ailing wife 84. He was sentenced to 3 years, with 5 years suspended. I am not sure if he came or could come back to this house, but after a while we saw some light inside.

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Waddo had it right.

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As japan being well on the way to an aging society, I'm concerned that similar tragedies would happen further down the road. Rest the old woman's soul rest in piece.

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Social services of every kind can only do so much. If we become sick, in pain, immobile etc. at some point we may need release.   Legal euthanasia is a sign of a caring society.

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