Police on Tuesday charged a 17-year-old youth with murder after he allegedly pushed a 16-year-old boy into a river in Sakai, Osaka, over an apparent money dispute.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Monday on a bank of the Ishizugawa River. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that the suspect, who is a construction worker, and his friend, a vocational school student, got into an argument over money. The suspect then pushed the student into the river.
Police said the river was about two meters deep at the point where the boy went in. Divers searched the river on Monday without luck, but found the boy's body on Tuesday morning about 1.5 kilometers downstream from where he was pushed in.
The suspect was quoted by police as saying his friend owed him 10,000 yen and that when he pushed him, he didn't mean to kill him.
He was initially charged with attempted murder on Monday but police upgraded the charge to murder on Tuesday afternoon. Fuji TV reported that police are also questioning three minors who were at the scene when the incident occurred.© Japan Today