• Kyodo


The 17-year-old boy who brought his mother’s severed head to a police station in Fukushima Prefecture last week has said he went to a karaoke establishment after killing her, investigative sources said Sunday.

The police are examining security-camera images from the business to confirm his account and trace his behavior before he turned himself at Aizuwakamatsu Police Station, the sources said.

The teen’s name is being withheld because he is a minor.

He is suspected of killing his mother in his apartment with a knife around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and cutting off her head and right arm with a saw.

He has said he then changed his clothing, went to the karaoke outlet on a bicycle, moved on at around 5 a.m. Wednesday to an Internet cafe where he mainly listened to music DVDs for about two hours, and took a taxi to the police station.

He is believed to have carried the severed head in a school shoulder bag the entire time.

He was arrested after police found the mother’s corpse in the apartment.

The police have searched various locations, including the family home in another part of the prefecture, and have confiscated cell phones, books and other materials in hopes of determining the motive and other details of the slaying.

The teen and his younger brother lived in the apartment while attending their high schools, which were far from their home. The mother had frequently visited the apartment to look after them.

The police and prosecutors plan to conduct a psychiatric test on the teen.

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