The entrance of the house was decorated with flowers. The grounds were neatly cleaned, giving the impression of being clean and cozy. However, there are suspicions that spectacular abuse by an elderly couple was taking place in this house–.
On April 19, the Noda Police Station of the Chiba Prefectural Police arrested Yoko Taguchi, 78, an unemployed woman living in the city, on suspicion of inflicting injury. She is alleged to have repeatedly beaten her husband Torakatsu, 84, and inflicted serious injuries on him. Taguchi admitted to the investigation that she “definitely hit him.
At around 8:00 a.m. on April 11, Taguchi allegedly continued to beat Torakatsu’s head and other parts of his body with a handy mop to remove dust from desks and shelves for about 10 minutes at his home. Torakatsu was rushed to the hospital with a diagnosis of cerebral contusion and acute duralization hematoma, which would require a month’s total recovery. However, he died a month later on the 18th.
Torakatsu probably had multiple scratches and bruises on his body. Immediately after his hospitalization, the hospital reported that they suspected abuse. The police were planning to wait for Torakatsu’s recovery and ask him about the situation, but when he passed away, they arrested Taguchi. The police were planning to wait for Torakatsu’s recovery before questioning him about his condition, but since he passed away, they arrested Taguchi and are now investigating the case with a view to a charge of manslaughter.
Marital strife was a common occurrence.
The Taguchi suspect’s couple lived together. They used to be frequently seen in the neighborhood getting along with each other. A neighbor said, “Originally, his wife was a pickle shop owner.
A neighbor said, “I think the wife originally ran a pickle shop. I used to see the couple planting flowers in the garden together.
Recently, however, the couple is said to have been acting strangely. Another resident said, “The couple used to fight on a daily basis.
They were fighting on a daily basis. The husband was very temperamental, and I heard the wife yelling back at him many times. The wife would greet him when she met him on the street, but they never made small talk. I got the impression that he refused to get to know his neighbors.
According to an interview with NTV, Taguchi confided in an acquaintance that “Torakatsu-san has dementia,” and that “he beats her because she’s a blur,” and that “it hurts. Did Taguchi commit the crime because her husband was suffering from dementia and had become violent?
The police are investigating the cause of Torakatsu’s death and Taguchi’s motive for the crime.
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