Man dies after wife hits him with plastic bottle filled with water


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 70-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 69-year-old ailing husband by hitting him with a plastic bottle filled with water. 

According to police, Michiko Ota hit her husband Ryuichi in the face and back with a one-liter bottle of water at their apartment at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. After hitting her husband, Ota went out and returned about five hours later to find her husband in an unconscious state. 

Ota called 119 and Ryuichi was taken to hospital, where he died later that day. Police said he had suffered a fractured rib and other injuries.

Police said Ota has admitted to assaulting her husband and told them she lost her temper from caregiver fatigue.

Ryuichi had previously injured his back and was receiving level 1 nursing care. On Saturday, he was scheduled to visit his day rehabilitation center, but he complained of back pain and did not want to go. Ota said that set off an argument between them.

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1 L bottle?

who has a 1L bottle?

it’s either 500 ml or 2L.

and how do you have a fractured rib with a face and back shot?

sounds like there’s missing info in this story.

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She beat him to death. Deliberating bringing focus to (sensationalizing in my opinion) the everyday nature of the weapon in the headline invites the reader to belittle the act. The thing she hit him with was hard enough to break a rib.

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Was it a bottle of D2O?

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Considering the weight of the plastic bottle is negligible @shogun36 6:24pm, then the weight & mass of the water are roughly 1kg.

Will acquiescence to the more learned, resident engineers & users here degreed in physics to explain the force an average, 70yo female could apply to it against the face and back/ribs of a 69yo with presumedly pre-existing medical conditions requiring daily rehabilitation visits/Level 1 nursing care.

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Agree with all 3 of your observations @kohakuebisu 6:34pm:

“She beat him to death.” . . .

“. . .*Deliberately bringing focus to (sensationalizing in my opinion) the everyday nature of the weapon in the headline invites the reader to belittle the act.” …*

… The thing she hit him with was hard enough to break a rib.”-

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And probably not the first time she beat that poor man. Of all crimes, domestic violence has the highest repeat rate. She should be given the mercy she demonstrated, which is none.

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I'm sure there were other underlying issues in that relationship.

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Very sad! Japanese men at times can be like spoilt children! The poor woman was most likely fatigued with dealing with his constant complaints and he was frustrated with being non mobile… I am surprised my mother in law doesn’t arc up more often when otoosan wants his bath or tea prepared yesterday…even worse when you are dealing with it 24/7 like no doubt that poor woman was .

no winners there sadly!

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A sad story, if they have children, grandchildren even sadder. People who care full-time for a relative need support.

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A sad story. A family destroyed. She probably needed help.

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WOW rage against age!! Fatigue from care-giving duties, we all will get there someday in life, we read about it perhaps don't understand much about it but the reality is ITS COMING!

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Sadly as I have been saying for MANY years, THIS is "how" Japan takes "care" of a lot of its elderly, literally they are left to where two people who should be able to get assistance in their later years are left to "help" each other until one is driven to kill the other & then perhaps try to foo themselves......

So as I have asked many times before, do YOU wanna grow old in for the young being born here, the old going out....sadly its grim!

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The thing she hit him with was hard enough to break a rib.

Especially if he was fragile from osteoporosis. It wouldn't take much. Tragic for both of them--his physical deterioration and suffering as well as her mental health and inability to cope. Both without the support they needed at a time in their lives when they needed it most. Who knows how much each of them contributed to their communities and families in their prime years? Now this is how their legacy will be told. Compassion: There but for fortune go you or I.

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She must have beat him darn hard and he must have been incapacitated. I've had some crazy exes beat me with 2 liter water bottles before. It hurts if the bottle is full but not that hard to defend yourself. She must have beat him repeatedly.

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If Ryuichi-san's "back problems" stemmed from osteoporotic changes to his bone density, a well placed hit to the dorsal portion of a rib might easily drive the entire curved rib forward and around into his lung with subsequent hemorrhage. Having suffered two bicycle related full 'face plants' at speed into hard surfaces, I have discovered my 'face' to be my least vulnerable area. Given the paucity of data here and the nature of the blows and the possibility of advanced osteoporotic changes, knowledge of where the rib fracture occurred would do much to explain his subsequent mortality but does little to mitigate the depth of this unintended tragedy for both of these elderly people and their families...sad...

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She must have a heck of a swing. 1L isn't exactly light. Unfortunately, I see cases like these becoming more prominent in Japan as the population continues to age and kids and spouses are left with no other choice but to play nurse and caregiver because there are not enough resources for them to tap into. Seriously, J-gov, start nipping this in the bud otherwise you're going to have a crisis on your hands.

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