72-year-old man arrested for attempted murder after setting wife on fire

Japan Today -- May 27
Police in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he doused his home with oil and set his wife on fire.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. A neighbor noticed black smoke rising from the residence of Masao Honda and called 119.

Firefighters said the two-story wooden house was partially damaged in the blaze. Honda’s wife, who is in her 70s, was found unconscious inside the house and remained in a critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.

Honda was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor burns and released Tuesday, at which point he was arrested. Police said his burns were not severe.

Police said he has admitted attempting to kill his wife, who is disabled.

- Japan Today

自分の妻に火をつけて殺害しようとしたとして、72歳の男を逮捕。 ストレッチャーに乗せられ、消防隊員に運ばれる男。 殺人未遂の疑いで逮捕された、福島・いわき市の無職、本多正夫容疑者(72)。 本多容疑者は5月20日、いわき市の自宅で、70代の妻に火をつけて殺害しようとした疑いが持たれていて、妻は意識不明の重体で、現在も入院している。 - FNNプライムオンライン