Here’s something you don’t hear every day. A man was arrested in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture last weekend on charges of entering the hotel room of a female acquaintance through the window before proceeding to strike her about the buttocks with a shoehorn that he found in the room. But just what could prompt such behaviour?

According to reports, the man, a 25-year-old company employee, entered the business hotel room of the woman (also 25) at around 10 a.m. on the morning of Nov 9, using a ladder (it is uncertain if he provided his own ladder or if the ladder was already in situ), before carrying out his assault.

The man is believed to have confessed to his crimes, telling police, “I did it, I hit her with the shoehorn”. Unfortunately, he failed to elaborate further, so we have no idea what sparked the man’s fury and led him to commit the dual crime of breaking and entering and assault with a weapon.

Since the man entered the hotel room unarmed and grabbed the nearest thing he could use as a weapon, we’re guessing that this was a sudden crime of passion and not a prearranged rendezvous that went badly wrong. Luckily, the woman wasn’t seriously hurt during her ordeal.