Man, 31, arrested in Japan, after woman, 33, found dismembered on his balcony

They were allegedly having an affair.

Ruth Chai | March 01, 2023, 01:10 AM

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Warning: This article contains descriptions of a murder. Audience discretion is advised.

Police in Japan have arrested a 31-year-old man after the body of a 33-year-old single mother was found dismembered.

The incident occurred in the Shizuoka Prefecture in southern Japan.

The deceased Ayumi Ito, was found dismembered on the balcony in the home of Yuki Tsuchiya, a married man.

Ito and Tsuchiya allegedly had an affair.

Some of the victim's body parts were reportedly also found in her own car.



Japanese media Fuji News Network reported on Feb. 24 that police arrested the suspect, Tsuchiya, on Feb. 23 on suspicion of abandoning a body.

The crime is believed to have been committed on Feb. 21, Fuji News Network reported.

Tsuchiya's house, where Ito's body was found in, housed the man's wife, his two young children, and his elderly father.

The Straits Times reported that Tsuchiya had confessed to the killing.

How murder allegedly committed

He admitted that he had hit Ito on her head with a blunt object in the car and strangled her to death with a cord.

According to unnamed sources, Fuji News Network reported that Ito found a new partner in 2022, which served as the motive for the killing.

Two neighbours claimed that on Feb. 20 or Feb. 21, "suspicious" and "strange" noises, such as "rattling" and "banging", were heard coming from Tsuchiya's home and in a nearby parking lot.

The victim lived in Iwata City, a two-hour drive from Numazu City, where Tsuchiya lived.

Fuji News Network reported that Ito's car was found 280m away from Tsuchiya's home.

Lianhe Zaobao reported that Ito had met Tsuchiya in 2022, when the two were both members of a committee focused on the development of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japanese police said that investigations are ongoing.

Hong Kong case

This incident in Japan came days after another high-profile dismemberment case in Hong Kong.

The victim, socialite Abby Choi, 28, was allegedly brutally murdered and dismembered by her ex-husband's family.

The case sent shockwaves across Hong Kong and the world.

Parts of Choi's remains were found in a soup pot, with other remains kept in a refrigerator.

Other body parts are still missing.

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