• Kyodo


A 15-year-old boy suspected of killing his friend’s mother after being promised 300,000 yen told investigators he killed the woman because he wanted the money and could not refuse the offer, Hokkaido police said Wednesday.

Police found a bag containing a kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon late Sunday in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, in the sea near the crime scene.

The two teenagers were arrested early Tuesday. Their names were not released because they are minors.

The victim was a 46-year-old part-time hospital worker. She was slain in her home.

Investigators said the victim’s 16-year-old son talked to his friend in early August about killing his mother and the two decided to go ahead with the murder. No money changed hands, police said.

The 15-year-old boy allegedly told investigators, “I wanted money,” and “I could not refuse after being asked.”

Police suspect he stabbed the woman to death at around 10 p.m. Sunday.

The victim’s son told police the knife came from his home and that his friend put it in a bag and threw it into the sea.

The son told police he was unhappy that his father divorced his mother.

“When I talked about my father, my mother always came to his defense, so I grew to hate my mother as well,” he was quoted as saying.

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