A 26-year-old man who was arrested in November 2019 on suspicion of killing his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend in Niigata City was found dead in his cell earlier this month, police said.
Prison officials said Ryosuke Saito, 25, who was awaiting trial for the murder of Yuzuki Ishizawa on Nov 15, 2019, died of acute renal failure in Niigata Prison on Jan 3, Fuji TV reported. The prison announced his death on Jan 14.
Saito was charged with killing Ishizawa who worked at a bar on the second floor of a building near JR Niigata Station. The victim was stabbed multiple times and was found dead on the stairs in the building.
On the night of the murder, Saito's mother in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, called the police, saying her son had hinted at attacking his ex-girlfriend. Saito was on the run for three days after the murder. He was arrested after a convenience store employee in Niigata City spotted him.© Japan Today/KYODO