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Friday, 29th February 2008
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Man receives suspended sentence for killing wife

An 89-year-old man from Asahikawa in Hokkaido has been awarded a suspended prison sentence for strangling his wife.

Describing the crime as "short-sighted", the presiding judge, Toshiya Kawamura opted for leniency against the man on the grounds of stress and sleep deprivation, reports the Japan Times.

Asahikawa is located in the subprefecture of Kamikawa and is regarded as the island's second largest city after Sapporo.

The man's wife, an 81-year-old with Alzheimer's disease, was strangled by her husband at her request on October 29th 2007. Shortly after the incident, the man tried to commit suicide.

It is also believed that the woman's psychological condition was somewhat unstable.

Asahikawa District Court imposed the suspended sentence for a term of three years, despite attempts by those acting for the prosecution to have a term of four years imposed.

Individuals caring for sufferers of Alzheimer's can suffer from a number of psychological conditions, including stress and depression.

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