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Japanese woman arrested on suspicion of destroying ex-partner's 54 violins worth nearly €1 million

The 54 violins and 70 bows that were destroyed were worth a reported €814,000.

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A WOMAN HAS been arrested in Japan on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows worth around $950,000 (€814,000) that were owned by her ex-husband, police and media said today.

The 34-year-old was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaking into a man’s home and wrecking the instruments, with reports that the violins had been made or collected by her 62-year-old former partner.

The collection included an Italian-made instrument worth 50 million yen (€383,000), according to Jiji Press.

“The total financial damage claimed by the victim is 105.9 million yen (€814,062),” a police spokesman from the central prefecture of Aichi, where the crime allegedly took place, told AFP.

“She (the arrested woman) is suspected of entering the home by breaking a window sometime between 30 January and 19 February in 2014,” he said.

At the time of the incident, the couple were reportedly in the middle of a divorce, which was completed last year.

© – AFP, 2017

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