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Man arrested for murder of female university student

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo police on Sunday served a fresh arrest warrant on a man held for allegedly abandoning the body of a woman on suspicion of murdering her.

The 35-year-old suspect, Koichi Hirose, has admitted to the charges, saying during questioning by the Metropolitan Police Department that it is true that he killed the woman, Natsumi Kikuchi, a first-year student at Nihon Pharmaceutical University. But he has refused to speak about the reason why he killed her.

In late January, the body of Kikuchi, who lived in Katsushika Ward in Tokyo, was found buried underground in a crop field in the city of Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture, and Hirose was arrested by the MPD on the body abandonment charges.

Kikuchi went missing in November last year. She was 18 at the time.

Hirose told the police that he killed Kikuchi in a car, saying that he covered the woman’s mouth and nose as she started crying when he tried to cover the mouth of the victim, who was in the passenger’s seat. Hirose allegedly choked the woman to death on a farm road in Kamisu around Nov. 20.

The police suspect that Hirose had had money trouble with Kikuchi.

According to investigative and other sources, Kikuchi arrived in Kamisu by train and taxi on the afternoon of Nov. 20. Hirose and Kikuchi went to the suspect’s home in his car.

After going into and out of the house repeatedly, the two are believed to have driven to the place where Kikuchi’s body was buried, which is about 15 kilometers away from Hirose’s home.

There were no noticeable injuries on Kikuchi’s body, according to the sources.

Hirose told the police that he discarded the woman’s bag and mobile phone.

The police found the bag and her purse in an irrigation channel some 2 kilometers from the site where her body was buried. But her mobile phone has not been found.Speech

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