Wakayama – A 25-year-old woman married to a wealthy man who describes himself as the “Don Juan” of her western Japanese hometown was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing him three years ago, police said.
Sudo is suspected of causing Kosuke Nozaki, 77, president of a liquor company and real estate company, to ingest a lethal amount of an illegal stimulant in May 2018, just three months after their marriage , with the deliberate intention of killing him, police said.
Police arrested Sudo at her home in the Shinagawa district of Tokyo and transferred her to Wakayama Prefecture where the incident took place. Police declined to disclose whether Sudo admitted the allegations.
Nozaki’s suspicious death attracted attention as he had gained notoriety for publishing an autobiography titled “Don Juan de Kishu: The Man Who Gave 3 Billion Yen to 4,000 Beautiful Women” in 2016, comparing himself to mythical Spanish playboy.
Kishu is the name of the region in Wakayama Prefecture where he lived.
Nozaki was found dead at his home in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture on the evening of May 24, 2018, with traces of the stimulant found in his system but no trace of a needle on his body, prompting police to investigate. the case as a possible murder by poisoning.
Before his death, Sudo was alone with Nozaki having dinner with him, police said.
Suicide was ruled out, they said, noting that Nozaki had planned to attend a funeral for his dog.
According to investigative sources, Sudo had searched the internet for stimulants and allegedly obtained the drug found in Nozaki’s body.
Tanabe’s municipal government said earlier that it had confirmed that Nozaki had said in his will that he would donate all of his property worth around 1.3 billion yen to the city.
But as a legal heir, Sudo was entitled to part of his estate despite the will, the amount to be determined in court proceedings.
His relatives, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit last year to get the will quashed, claiming someone other than Nozaki had done so.
Before his death, Nozaki had been involved in a series of scandals. In February 2016, his then-girlfriend, in her twenties and describing herself as a model, was arrested for allegedly stealing money and jewelry worth 60 million yen from the Nozaki’s house.
In a later autobiography he published in 2018, Nozaki recalled first meeting a woman suspected of being Sudo when she helped him following a fall at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. the previous year.
After marrying Nozaki, Sudo, who is from Sapporo, told her family members that she was helping a friend’s real estate business, but did not initially tell them that she had tied the knot, according to her mother.
She frequently posted photos of trips abroad, including to destinations such as Singapore and Bali in Indonesia on social networking sites, and told residents of her hometown that she was making money from the stock trading, according to an acquaintance.
A former high school classmate said Sudo never mentioned having a job, but bragged about her expensive clothes and said she had a lot of money.
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