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Woman arrested for sticking needles in husband's heart

Tokyo
The Age (Melbourne)
August 25 2002

Japanese police have arrested a 54-year-old woman for attempted murder after she allegedly tried to kill her sleeping husband by piercing his heart with needles.

Emiko Sato, a part-timer at a cleaning company, allegedly ''stuck a total of five needles on two occasions'' in her husband in June after sending him to sleep with sleeping pills, said a spokesman for Saitama prefectural police north of Tokyo.

She had already been arrested on August 5 for allegedly ganging up on her husband with a 29-year-old son from a previous marriage. The pair were accused of beating and kicking the husband and pushing him down a flight of stairs.

Police x-rayed the husband after the attack and found several needles in his chest, public network Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK) said.

The longest needle measured seven centimetres, it said, adding one of them was found have reached the surface of the heart but did not threaten his life.

Local reports said Sato wanted to kill her husband for an insurance pay-out.

AFP

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