A 15-year-old school girl in Japan was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murdering one of her friends and fellow classmates and then dismembering the body.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, admitted to beating her friend, strangling her, and severing her head and left hand, according to local news agency reports on Sunday.
The girl allegedly beat her 15-year-old friend, Aiwa Matsuo, in the head with a metal instrument before strangling her to death in the city of Sasebo, in Nagasaki Prefecture, south-west Japan.
The victim’s body was eventually found in the suspect’s apartment on her bed on Sunday morning and investigators quickly discovered the murder tools nearby.
Matsuo had reportedly went out to meet friends on Saturday afternoon, but was eventually reported missing by her parents when she failed to return later that night.
The suspect, who graduated from the same high school as the victim and lived away from her parents, claims to have acted alone.
While violent crime is still relatively rare in Japan, this isn’t even the first time that the city of Sasebo has made headlines when one schoolgirl has murdered another.