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Briton's killer challenges sentence

Lawyers for a man convicted of raping and killing a British teacher in Japan have launched an appeal against his sentence of life in prison.

Tatsuya Ichihashi's lawyers have challenged the July 21 district court ruling and are bringing the case to the Tokyo High Court, Japanese media reported. Trial dates have not been set.

The Chiba District Court convicted Ichihashi of rape, murder and abandonment of Lindsay Hawker, from Brandon, near Coventry. It dismissed his denial of murder intent.

The case became one of Japan's highest-profile killings after 22-year-old Miss Hawker's body was found in a dirt-filled bathtub on Ichihashi's apartment balcony in 2007.

He underwent extensive cosmetic surgery to change his appearance while on the run before his arrest in 2009.


From Belfast Telegraph