TOKYO: A 19-year-old college girl murdered an elderly woman with an axe and a scarf because she â€œjust wanted to kill someoneâ€ news reports in Japan said today.
The student from the prestigious Nagoya University hit 77-year-old Tomoko Mori repeatedly with the axe and then strangled her â€œbecause she wasnâ€™t completely deadâ€œ, the Asahi Shimbun said.
The young woman was arrested yesterday, and reportedly told investigators: â€œI have just wanted to kill someone since childhood. It could have been anybody.â€
Mori had become acquainted with her alleged murderer when she tried to persuade the young woman to join a religious group.
The killing allegedly occurred at the studentâ€™s apartment in Nagoya, central Japan, with an axe the suspect had acquired as a junior high school student, Jiji Press reported.
On the day of the murder, she reportedly tweeted: â€œI eventually did it.â€
The studentâ€™s name was not released because she is a minor under Japanese law.
Crime levels are low in Japan and murder is uncommon, however, occasional killings tend to make headlines because of their lurid nature.
In August a 16-year-old schoolgirl confessed to decapitating her classmate because she â€œwanted to dissect someone.â€–AFP