A woman who stabbed the man who was trying to rape her to death with his own knife is being charged with manslaughter despite police conceding it “may have been justifiable self-defence,” and the fact they intend to charge the dead man with attempted rape.
According to police, a woman in her late teens was jogging by a river in Tokyo’s Adachi city at 10PM when an unidentified man in his fifties ambushed her with a knife.
He pushed her down and began kissing her and touching her body, but put his knife down in order to do so.
The woman seized her chance and his knife, and stabbed him in the thigh and then made good her escape, seeking help from a passing man who summoned police.
Her assailant meanwhile bled to death from the wound she inflicted over a period of 90 minutes, being pronounced dead on his arrival at hospital.