A 79-year-old man, whose electrified fence killed two men and seriously injured five other people in Nishi-Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, last month, has been found dead after apparently committing suicide.
According to police, the man, who has not been named, hanged himself in the garden of his house early Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. He was found by his wife.
Police had been questioning the man on suspicion of aggravated negligence resulting in death and injury after the July 19 incident.
The man had installed the fence to keep out deer and other wild animals from destroying his hydrangeas. An investigation showed that the fence had been plugged into a 100-volt socket and was also connected to a 440-volt transformer in a nearby shed.
However, part of the fence had been cut and one of the cables supplying power to the fence was dangling in the river, which is likely to have caused the seven people to have gotten electric shocks.
Police say the electric fence was not installed properly and started questioning the man in late July. But the investigation was hindered due to the man's poor health, Fuji TV reported.
A police spokesman told reporters: "We regret that this had to happen as we had been very careful about his health while investigating the incident."© Japan Today