OSAKA — The 34-year-old wife of a company worker slain Saturday in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, has been arrested for asking her lover to kill her husband, police officials said.

Kikuno Fusamura of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, has admitted asking Tadao Yamada to kill her husband, Shuichi, 36, by offering him part of the 30 million yen in life insurance benefits she expected to gain from her husband’s death, the officials said, quoting the suspect after her arrest Wednesday.

Yamada, 46, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stabbing the husband in the chest and abdomen while inside the victim’s car in Moriguchi in the early hours of Saturday.

According to police, Kikuno separated from her husband in January and has been dating Yamada, whom she became acquainted with through an Internet dating site last summer.

In recent months, Kikuno had been seeking Yamada’s advice on divorce and her husband’s heavy debts, which accumulated from family expenses and from Shuichi’s gambling habits, police said.

Kikuno and Yamada conspired to lure Shuichi from his apartment in Moriguchi on Saturday morning, and Yamada attacked him inside the victim’s car, police said.

Before he died, Shuichi reportedly told his would-be rescuers that he had been “attacked by Shimizu, the detective.” Records of cellular phones used by the Fusamuras indicate that “Shimizu” was in fact Yamada, police said.

Trio sentenced to life

NUMAZU, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) The Shizuoka District Court’s Numazu Branch sentenced three men to life in prison Thursday for fatally running over a 57-year-old woman after robbing her of her bag in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, in June 2000.

The three are: Shinichi Hayashi, 40, from Oi, Kanagawa Prefecture; Noriyoshi Kanahama, 34, from Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture; and Ryuichi Sugawara, 34, of no fixed address.

The three drove up behind Kiyoko Takiguchi, 57, and grabbed her bag, which contained 400,000 yen in cash. The woman was dragged for several meters before the car ran over her head, killing her.

The court decision was in line with the prosecutors’ demand.

Presiding Judge Hiroshi Masuyama said, “Their crime was thoughtless and there is no room for extenuation.”

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