Police in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, said Saturday they have arrested a 28-year-old company employee on suspicion of attempting to kill his 27-year-old wife by setting fire to their apartment and strangling her.
According to police, Minori Seki used a lighter to set fire to a towel in the bathroom of his apartment at around 9 a.m. Friday, Sankei Shimbun reported. His wife was sleeping at the time. The fire spread and she was awakened by the smoke.
Police said that Seki then strangled her with his hands. After she lost consciousness, he went out onto the balcony, called 110 and said he had killed his wife.
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene. The fire was extinguished and Seki’s wife, who was still alive, was taken to hospital with a throat injury. She was in a stable condition on Saturday, police said.
Police said Seki has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was fed up with life and that he wanted to kill his wife and hoped he would die, as well.© Japan Today