Mother And Son Charged In Sister's Restraint Death
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 9, 2004
SAITAMA, JAPAN--A 70-year-old woman and her 36-year-old son were arrested Friday in the strangulation death of his sister, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.
Police said that Sumie Okuyama and her son, Koji, admitted to coiling a metal chain around the neck of his 39-year-old sister who had schizophrenia -- then tying it to the knob of a closet door on the afternoon of March 3.
The woman strangled to death on the chain.
Koji explained to investigators that his sister often wandered around the neighborhood and demanded money and food from neighbors. Under his mother's instructions, he tried restraining his sister with a plastic chain when he would leave, he said.
When she managed to cut through the plastic, he switched to a metal chain.
Police charged Sumie and Koji with illegal confinement resulting in death.