A woman who was arrested for murder has committed suicide in hospital in Fukuchi, Fukuoka Prefecture, police said Tuesday.
The woman, who has been named as 55-year-old Mayumi Fujimura, was accused of murdering her 78-year-old mother in February this year, Fuji TV reported. She had been admitted into the hospital in order to undergo a psychiatric examination before standing trial.
Fujimura was found hanged to death on Monday morning, police said, adding that all of the evidence suggests it was a suicide.
In a statement released to the media on Tuesday, the Fukuoka District Public Prosecutor's Office said: "The accused was not being detained by the District Public Prosecutor's Office at the time of the incident, so we cannot be held responsible. However, it is regrettable that the investigation has been hampered."© Japan Today