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Man, 85, arrested for stalking woman, 80, in Japan

Police have arrested an 85-year-old man in western Japan for allegedly stalking an 80-year-old woman he reportedly met when she shared a hospital room with his now-dead wife.

Takeo Nitta from Hashimoto, Wakayama prefecture, allegedly left several telephone messages on the woman’s phone in November, saying: “I’m waiting outside your house. Let’s go out.”

Officers warned him twice against harassment after receiving complaints from the woman, but his behaviour allegedly escalated and on May 2 he allegedly broke into her house, a police spokesman said.

Nitta was arrested on June 10 on suspicion of violating anti-stalking laws, the spokesman said, adding he had largely admitted the allegations.

In a report last week, the Asahi Shimbun said the two had met when the woman shared a hospital room with Nitta’s wife several years ago. His wife died last year, the paper reported. - AFP