Family fury at five years for murder
The family of murdered Irish student Nicola Furlong have reacted furiously to the sentencing of an American musician who was found guilty yesterday of her murder, calling it a “travesty”.
Tokyo District Court sentenced 19-year-old Richard Hinds to a minimum of five years for strangling Ms Furlong last May.
Delivering the verdict, a nine-member panel of professional and lay judges called the murder “atrocious and vicious” and handed down a sentence of “not less than five and no more than 10 years”, with labour.
The sentence was the maximum allowed under Japanese law because Hinds was a minor at the time of the crime.
Ms Furlong's mother, Angela, branded the decision “a travesty”.