A 50-year-old police officer was arrested for allegedly beating his 49-year-old girlfriend during a fight at his home in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, on Thursday morning. He allegedly beat the woman in the face and tried to strangle her, leaving her with severe injuries.
According to investigators, the officer, identified as Toshinori Saito, had been seeing the woman for five years and the two were engaged. Saito was off duty and the two had been celebrating his birthday with drinks at his house. Saito was quoted as saying that between the two of them, they drank two beers, 1.3 liters of sake, and about eight or nine chuhais.© News reports