Man arrested for murdering neighbor in 2007 to pay back debts
Police said Monday they have arrested a 65-year-old man over the murder of his neighbor in Hiroshima in 2007.
According to police, independent business owner Ryozo Yoshitani, 79, was beaten to death with a blunt object in October 2007 near the front door of his neighbor Kenji Yamada. Yamada denied all knowledge of the incident and the case went unsolved for six years.
However, police now say that they have arrested Yamada for the murder after it came to light that Yoshitani, who was close with Yamada’s mother, reportedly left her his land in a will, TBS reported. Shortly after the incident, Yamada was able to pay back in full a large amount of debt that had accrued in his name.
According to police, Yamada has so far denied the charges. The investigation is ongoing.