15 Year Old Girl Arrested For Beheading Classmate

Investigators at Suspect's Apartment

A 15-year-old Japanese schoolgirl is being held in police custody after she admitted murdering her classmate and dismembering her body.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested on Sunday after the body of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo was discovered in the city of Sasebo, in Japan's southwestern Nagasaki Prefecture.

The suspect told police she hit her classmate over the head with a metal object before strangling her.

According to Japan's Kyodo news agency, she also admitted cutting off the victim's head and left hand.  She said she had acted alone.
Police found the body on a bed in the suspect's apartment.  The tools used in the killing were discovered nearby. 

The victim, who graduated from the same junior high school as the suspect, had reportedly gone to meet friends on Saturday afternoon.  Her parents called police when she failed to return home that evening. 

The suspect told police that her mother passed away last April and her father had married a woman she could not tolerate and demanded her father move her to her own apartment near her high school.  The father and step mother have refused to comment.


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