Police in Amami, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Monday arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he beat his 69-year-old brother-in-law to death with a metal pipe.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the suspect, Suekazu Shiota, a farmer, has admitted to the charge and said he went to the house of his brother-in-law, Takeyoshi Kijima, with the intention of killing him.
Police quoted Shiota as saying he hit Kijima on the head several times with a metal pipe. Kijima was taken to hospital where he died about two hours later.
Police found a pipe with traces of the victim’s blood on it at Shiota’s nearby house. Shiota said there had been trouble between himself and the victim for some time.