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Murder suspect says he had no choice but to kill because of daily violence

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A 20-year-old unemployed man who has been arrested on suspicion of murder after stabbing a man in the neck at an apartment in Tokyo claimed to have been beaten daily because of his failure to pay off debts he owed to the victim, police said.

According to police, Daiki Kawakami, a resident of Katsushika Ward, is accused of fatally stabbing a man in his 20s at the victim’s apartment in Machida on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday. He was quoted by police as saying “he had no choice but to kill the victim because he was being assaulted daily.”

The two men, who had been at the victim's apartment since Saturday, were preparing to launch a business together. Several other men were at the apartment on Monday but after they left, Kawakami reportedly stabbed the man in the neck. At 5:45 p.m., Kawakami called 110 and said he had killed an acquaintance. The victim was taken to hospital where he died about two hours later.

Kawakami was initially charged with attempted murder but the charge was upgraded to murder on Monday night.

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So the deceased hounded the man over a debt to the point of getting himself killed. Seems like he was in a business that asked for it

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If the beatings were daily, then police should be able to see the bruises. In any case, it's his word against the deceased.

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We need more information on the case. I could see a legitimate reason for him to fight back if loansharks were harassing him everyday. It's never a fun prospect to fight for your life only for the law to brand you as a criminal for doing so. I agree with Vince and Wesley, the debt collector was likely in the line of job that has this kind of work hazard. Let's just hope the perpetrator's statements hold water.

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Wesley - If the beatings were daily, then police should be able to see the bruises.

Not necessarily. It would depend on the severity and kind of beatings. Phone books used to be a popular way to give beatings without leaving marks. However, regardless of being beaten or not, he should have gone to the police instead of taking matters into his own hands. The mind boggles as to what kind of business venture they were embarking on.

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Good that he called the police on himself right away. That lends some credence to his claims of self-defense.

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I could see a legitimate reason for him to fight back if loansharks were harassing him everyday.

Where does the article refer anywhere to loan-sharks? Ah right, your assumption.

Reads more like to guys getting into a business, and one guy not being able to pay his fair share, and the other hounding him to pay the money was fronted.

Nothing about loan sharks, read the article again!

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he should have gone to the police instead of taking matters into his own hands. 

The police couldn't even save an abused child even though they were called to the house several times and the sign of abuse was evident , a guy stands no chance

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Read the article again!

What’s the issue? He’s assuming just as you are.

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What’s the issue? He’s assuming just as you are.

Am I?

The two men, who had been at the victim's apartment since Saturday, were preparing to launch a business together.

I dont think so!

claimed to have been beaten daily because of his failure to pay off debts he owed to the victim, police said.

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You’re assuming his story of daily beatings is true.

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