Cat sus­pect in at­tempted mur­der case

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

A JA­PANESE po­lice probe into the at­tempted mur­der of an el­derly bedrid­den woman has re­port­edly led to an un­likely sus­pect: a stray cat.

Mayuko Mat­sumoto’s daugh­ter found her bleed­ing pro­fusely from about 20 cuts to her face on Mon­day at her home in a moun­tain­ous re­gion of south­ern Ja­pan.

Po­lice launched an at­tempted mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter see­ing the wounds, some of them rel­a­tively se­vere, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal broad­caster RKK.

“When we found her, blood cov­ered ev­ery­thing above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn’t know what had hap­pened,” Mat­sumoto’s daugh­ter told RKK.

Mat­sumoto, who is 82 years old and re­port­edly un­able to speak, had to re­ceive emer­gency care, Ky­odo News said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors had found no sign of peo­ple en­ter­ing or leav­ing the house at the time of the sus­pected at­tack, the pri­vate net­work NTV said. They had then re­alised that Mat­sumoto’s wounds looked like cat scratches, it added.

Po­lice turned their at­ten­tion to the stray cats loi­ter­ing around Mat­sumoto’s house, and found traces of what might have been hu­man blood on one of them.

“Po­lice are analysing a blood sam­ple taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the vic­tim,” na­tional broad­caster NHK re­ported. – AFP

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