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Woman arrested for fatally stabbing husband

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Police in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 44-year-old husband after she stabbed him with a kitchen knife at their apartment.

According to police, Tomie Tsuchiya stabbed her husband Makoto in the stomach with a kitchen knife just at around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. After stabbing her husband, Tsuchiya called 110, and Makoto was taken to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Police initially charged Tsuchiya with attempted murder but changed it to murder on Sunday night. Police said Tsuchiya has admitted to the charge but denied any intent to kill her husband. She said she lost her temper after she and her husband had quarreled.

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Domestic violence again.

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 Tomie Tsuchiya stabbed her husband Makoto in the stomach with a kitchen knife.

> denied any intent to kill her husband.

Riiight. No intent to kill. I only stabbed him in a vital area with a tool made specifically for slicing meat.

Charge her with premeditated murder.

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Tomie Tsuchiya stabbed her husband Makoto in the stomach with a kitchen knife 

Tsuchiya has admitted to the charge but denied any intent to kill her husband.

What was she expecting? To tickle him with a knife?

She said she lost her temper after she and her husband had quarreled.

Just go out for a walk or a drive and cool your head! Go to the movies, rent a movie and watch it in your car or at home alone! There are so many things to do to divert your mind from violence!

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Not intent to kill but she stubbed him, she thought the knife a play toys? I have no mercy for her she knows what she did.

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The lady was ten years older than her husband, a bit unusual in my culture. Secondly the stabbing was at 3:45am, not a good time for a middle aged couple to have an argument.

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Murdering witch. Hopefully she’ll get life in prison, to rot for the rest of her miserable days.

Death penalty would be best though, she’s an animal and needs to be punished.

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Vince BlackToday 05:25 pm JST

Murdering witch. Hopefully she’ll get life in prison, to rot for the rest of her miserable days.

Death penalty would be best though, she’s an animal and needs to be punished.

While I in no way condone what she did, people do stupid things in the heat of passion that they later bitterly regret. We (and that includes you, Vince) have no information at all about what brought her to this terrible moment but I have noticed that your typical reaction to any report such as this is to cry for the person to be killed as an animal. Hang them, you say, choke them, you say, they're animals, you say. Almost every comment you've made on this site is an extraordinarily harsh demand for capital punishment.

I repeat that I do not condone what this woman did. Of course not. However I also feel a little dirty after reading some of your comments here. It almost feels as though your baying for blood goes beyond any sort of justice and enters the realm of some sort of morbid fantasy of yours about killing people.

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Murdering witch. Hopefully she’ll get life in prison, to rot for the rest of her miserable days.

Death penalty would be best though, she’s an animal and needs to be punished.

Actually, Vince, your comments come across as beastly as some of these criminals.

The death penalty is not a deterrent. It is bloodthirsty and barbaric.

And it's always, always a woman (especially if she's Japanese) that you are desperate to have executed.

There was another chap here, "Sage" or something, who had similar revenge fantasies. I notice that you started posting here, pretty much the day after he was banned.

I don't condone banning, but I don't condone these worrying bursts of anger against women here. No matter what their terrible crime is.

I'm genuinely concerned about this repeated call for retribution against Japanese women. And I'm not the only one. I do wonder what happened to you to make you this way.

It's unhealthy and also quite disturbing.

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Charge her with premeditated murder.

At worst, this is what we in the States would call second-degree murder - murder in the moment. I rather doubt that she didn’t intend to kill him with a stab to the gut, but grabbing a kitchen knife in the middle of an argument and stabbing someone doesn’t really rise to the level of premeditation. Still, she ought to be punished severely.

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The death penalty is 100% deterrent for at least one murderer, and is feared by many. When was the last time you saw someone plea bargain to get death instead of prison? Your lies against the death penalty are promoting murder, and barbaric.

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The death penalty is 100% deterrent for at least one murderer, and is feared by many.

If that's the case, then where the heck are all these murderers coming from?

And besides, this isn't a case of premeditated murder, so I doubt it even rises to the level of a capital offense in Japan.

But if you're interested, here are the circumstances a judge takes into account when deciding if capital punishment is applicable.

Degree of viciousness (It was a single stab wound, so I doubt it would be considered particularly vicious)

Motive (If her statements are to be believed, her motive was anger during an argument, so hardly premeditated)

How the crime was committed; especially the manner in which the victim was killed. (A single stab wound, not exactly an extraordinary manner.)

Outcome of the crime; especially the number of victims. (One victim)

Sentiments of the bereaved family members. (Can't make a judgement on this from the article)

Impact of the crime on Japanese society. (A wife killing her husband is hardly a society-shattering crime on par with, say, the sarin gas attacks)

Defendant's age (in Japan, the age of majority is 20). (She's over 20, so check this box)

Defendant's previous criminal record. (No previous criminal record is stated)

Degree of remorse shown by the defendant. (Can't really judge from the article.)

I don't think any judge in Japan is going to stretch a neck based on the above.

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The death penalty is rarely meted out for a single murder in Japan.

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