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Tuesday 1 December 2015

Family fury at five years for murder of Irish student in Japan

By David McNeill in Tokyo

Published 20/03/2013

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".

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