Man arrested over death of homeless man on Tokyo riverbank
Japan Today -- Nov 19
Police in Tokyo on Saturday arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of killing a 61-year-old homeless man on a riverbank in Katsushika Ward.

According to police, the suspect, Sunao Kamiyama, struck Sachio Hatakeyama several times with a hammer on the head and back, while they were drinking together by the side of the Arakawa River at around 5:50 p.m. on Nov 15.

Hatakeyama’s body was found on Friday morning after Kamiyama told a passerby “there was a man lying at the river’s edge.”

Police said Kamiyama has admitted to the charge but quoted him as saying he didn’t mean to kill Hatakeyama. He told police they were drinking and got into an argument and that he used the hammer just to threaten the victim but he lost his temper.

東京・荒川の河川敷でホームレスの男性をハンマーで殴って殺害したとして、42歳のホームレスの男が逮捕されました。 住居不定・無職の神山淳容疑者は今月15日、東京・葛飾区の荒川の河川敷で住居不定・無職の畠山幸男さん(61)をハンマーで殴るなどして殺害した疑いが持たれています。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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