Man arrested over fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Fukuoka

by Jan 19, 2023Featured Article, News

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing his former girlfriend on a street in Fukuoka earlier this week, police said.

The attack occurred despite police issuing an order last year for the man, Susumu Terauchi, to stop stalking Miki Kawano after she broke up with him. He has confessed to the crime, police said.

Terauchi, a 31-year-old restaurant worker, allegedly stabbed Kawano, 38, more than 10 times around 6:15 p.m. Monday about 200 meters from JR Hakata Station.

Police found Terauchi’s fingerprints at the scene, investigative sources said.

Kawano had consulted with police multiple times since October, claiming she was accosted and followed by Terauchi.

Police issued a warning against him the same month and banned him from approaching her, based on the stalker regulation law, the following month.

Terauchi was seen walking along a street in the city Wednesday morning, and police asked him to accompany them to a nearby police station on a voluntary basis for questioning, said the sources.

Footage of security cameras near the crime scene showed Kawano leaving her nearby office and later quarreling with Terauchi on a road, according to police.

He then stabbed her with what appears to be a kitchen knife before leaving the site with the weapon put into a bag.

Wednesday would have been Kawano’s 39th birthday