Police in Osaka arrested a 17-year-old construction worker on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly pushed his friend, a 16-year-old student, into a river in Sakai on Monday. The body of the technical school student was found the day after floating in the water.
A neighbour who lived in the area reported to the police that there were teenagers playing around the river bank at around 1:40 A.M on November 4. When the Osaka Prefectural Police arrived, the four teenagers, including the suspect, explained that they were just goofing around at the river wall when they suddenly heard something drop in the water. They suddenly noticed that one of them, Shunpei Kaneko, was missing and so they started searching for him in the river. Police and Sakai Fire Department personnel joined the search until the evening, resuming the next morning when they found the lifeless body of Kaneko at 10:55 A.M , 1.5 kilometers from where he was originally reported missing.
The suspect confessed that he pushed his friend into the river because Kaneko refused to pay the 10,000 yen (about US$100) that he owed him. However, he said he did not mean to kill his friend when he pushed him, which is probably why he is only being charged with attempted murder. The group of teenagers were all former classmates when they were in junior high school. The police are still conducting an investigation as to whether or not the other boys were involved in the incident, as they claim they did not see their friend fall into the river.
[ via Mainichi ]