A woman was stabbed to death in Chiba on Thursday afternoon by a man who apparently objected to her admonishing him for feeding stray cats.
Police received an emergency call about 1:40 p.m., reporting that a man with a knife was chasing a woman in Funabashi City. Officers rushed to the scene to find Nobuko Okado, 64, lying on the ground, bleeding from her abdomen. The suspect, identified as Kiichi Hayashi, 70, was found nearby and initially charged with attempted murder. Okado was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead later.
According to police, Hayashi lived in an apartment next to Okado's house, and the two had been at odds over Hayashi feeding stray cats, something he had been doing since last autumn. Hayashi was quoted as saying: "She kept telling me not to feed the cats, and I got angry."© News reports