A 34-year-old hikikomori smashed his father’s skull with Buddhist altar equipment, killing him.
The 34-year-old NEET lived in his family home with his mother and father, a condition which had persisted since he failed his university entrance exams.
He became a hikikomori, though he did apparently visit hospital regularly due to mental illness.
This lifestyle came to a head a few days before the incident when his mother left home to avoid his violent outbursts, leaving him with his 68-year-old father.
An argument ensued over the father’s unwillingness to tell his son where his mother had gone, and the son attacked his father, hitting him on the face and head with his bare hands and bludgeoning him over the head with a piece of metal Buddhist altar equipment (which can include a variety of metal statues and mace-like objects).
After the attack he summoned police to the home, saying he had beaten his father to death.
When police arrived, finding his father bloodied and unconscious on the floor, he explained “After I hit him, he wouldn’t move,” and was promptly arrested for attempted murder.
Soon after this his father expired, and police are investigating elevating the charges to murder.