A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for stabbing his 13-year-old classmate to death after accusing him of hiding his textbook.
The incident took place in the city of Tokorozawa in the central-eastern Japanese prefecture of Saitama and the 13-year-old victim has been identified as Kotaro Hongo.
The boy’s body was found close to the suspect’s home with stab wounds to his upper body, according to the local police.
The cops also said that the 14-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, has admitted to stabbing his classmate.
A police spokesperson said: “A quarrel over a textbook turned into a real fight.”
Reports said that the two friends were studying for exams together at the suspect’s home when he suddenly accused Hongo of hiding one of his textbooks.
The victim denied the accusation and a row started. The suspect’s grandmother was in the house at the time of the alleged stabbing.
A classmate who was on his way to accompany them found the young victim lying in front of the house and asked a neighbour to call the emergency services, which they did at around 4.50pm.
According to local media, the suspect first told cops that the victim had “killed himself”, but later confessed to having stabbed him.
Officers reportedly found the knife believed to have been used, which they said had mostly been wiped clean in an apparent attempt to conceal evidence.
The two teens have known each other since before starting school and they were members of the same table tennis club, according to reports.
The investigation is ongoing.
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