Man in prison admits killing 9-year-old girl in Okayama in 2004

Japan Today -- May 30
A 39-year-old man in prison for attempted murder said Tuesday that he had killed a 9-year-old girl in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2004.
Yukiko Tsutsushio was stabbed to death after she returned home from school just after 3 p.m. on Sept 3, 2004. Her parents were out at the time. Her sister came home at about 3:30 p.m. and found Yukiko with multiple stab wounds to her chest and stomach.

More than 60,000 police officers worked on the case but failed to turn up any solid clues.

The case took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when inmate Kunihiko Katsuta said that he had killed Yukiko, Fuji TV reported. Police are questioning Katsuta further about the crime and expect to charge him with murder on Wednesday.

Katsuta was convicted of attempted murder in 2016 after he stabbed a junior high school girl on a street in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, in 2015. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Prior to that, Katsuta had served a four-year jail term for assaulting several school children. - Japan Today

14年前、岡山県津山市で当時小学3年生の女の子が殺害された事件です。警察は、別の事件で服役中の39歳の男を30日午前に逮捕する方針を固めました。 2004年9月、小学3年生の筒塩侑子さん(当時9)が津山市の自宅の居間で何者かに刃物で胸や腹を複数回、刺されて殺害されました。 - ANNnewsCH