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University student arrested over murder of 79-year-old woman

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Police in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old university student on suspicion of murdering a 79-year-old woman at her home on Sept 10.

Koshi Yamaguchi, who lives in Nagasaki City, was arrested on Tuesday. According to police, he has admitted to beating Chikusa Otsuka about the head with a hammer but denied intent to kill, Sankei Shimbun reported. Yamaguchi turned himself in at a police station in Oita Prefecture at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday and said he had committed a “terrible crime.” He had a hammer with him in his rucksack, which police later determined was the murder weapon.

Police said Yamaguchi struck Otsuka several times with the hammer while she was doing weeding work at her relative’s home next door at around 1 p.m. on Sept 10. A neighbor heard screams and called 110.

Otsuka was taken to hospital where she died from a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Police have not said whether Otsuka and Yamaguchi knew each other, nor why Yamaguchi came from Nagasaki that day.

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A complete mystery random horror attack. (Perhaps he did know her, but we know little so far.)

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" He has admitted to beating Chikusa Otsuka about the head with a hammer but denied intent to kill."

So you were just doing a little decorating with the hammer were ya?

[ Give me a break ]

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Obviously, a mental case for a (prison) hospital.

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Terrible. Good time to have a dog around.

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From Nagasaki, commits the crime in Saga-ken, and then travels to Oita-ken where he gives himself up to a policeman who wasn't looking for him. This is a murder mystery.

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I so hate news like this. Not complete. If he surrendered Police should already know the reason before sending out news to medias.

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He's been watching and reading too many manga's, i say

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Yamaguchi struck Otsuka several times with the hammer while she was doing weeding work. Koshi Yamaguchi, admitted to beating Chikusa Otsuka about the head with a hammer but denied intent to kill. What was he thinking using a hammer. I don't believe his sorry excuse!

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Right away this article title caught my attention. After reading through it I am left with some unanswered questions, as I’m sure everyone else reading it is too. You’re trying to tell me that someone is going to beat another person with a hammer in the head and not expect that person to die. And the fact that the student literally went out of his way to go to the old lady’s home? That breaks my heart. It is clear that this 25 year old university student has some serious mental issues. If it isn’t even known whether or not they knew each other is even more sickening. What was the motive? What did he gain out of doing this? Could it have possible been someone else making him carry out the murder? These are all questions that I have while reading this case. I think that the police must do a thorough investigation and determine whether or not this individual needs to go to a psychiatric ward or other type of institution for mental illness. I honestly think that this article doesn’t do a complete job of presenting the information, just because there is so little we know and many details or background left out. Nonetheless, it is devastating news and was uncomfortable to read.

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These are all questions that I have while reading this case. I think that the police must do a thorough investigation and determine whether or not this individual needs to go to a psychiatric ward or other type of institution for mental illness. I honestly think that this article doesn’t do a complete job of presenting the information

I'm not sure how you expect the police police to have compiled a complete case when the crime just happened, and for the media to know any more than the police do at this time. The media can only report the current information that they have, and in an instantaneous news world, where everyone needs to know everything within 24 hours, articles will always be lacking information.

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Seems to be relevant questions/observations Today to 5 day old article without any ‘updates’ @Elena Cano 11:08am:

“After reading through it I am left with some unanswered questions, as I’m sure everyone else reading it is too. … What was the motive? What did he gain out of doing this? Could it have possible been someone else making him carry out the murder? These are all questions that I have while reading this case.” -*

In the meantime, perhaps accepting *@Strangerland’s disclaimer, **presumedly*** on behalf of the reporters and offered as a ‘public service’ worthy of some recognition/attention but not necessarily to make other readers feel, for lack of a better word, ‘insignificant’.

*- “I'm not sure how you expect the police police [2x’s?] to have compiled a complete case when the crime just happened, and for the media to know any more than the police do at this time.*

Perhaps you’re suggesting either the editors hold off on presenting ANY ‘news’ at all or, readers should withhold their questions/observations until the investigation os complete? Agreed, more details will be forthcoming as the investigations proceeds but uncertain IF there will be a follow-up within this media source.

*- “**The media can only report the current information that they have, and in an instantaneous news world, where everyone needs to know everything within 24 hours, articles will always be lacking information.” -*

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Perhaps you’re suggesting either the editors hold off on presenting ANY ‘news’ at all or, readers should withhold their questions/observations until the investigation os complete?

Neither. I just pointed out that it's an unreasonable expectation that this information would already exist. This isn't CSI.

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