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Japan murder suspect issues apology

The Japanese man accused of murdering British teacher Lindsay Hawker in 2007 has apologised to her family in a letter, it has emerged.

Tatsuya Ichihashi is awaiting trial for the killing, after being arrested at a ferry port in Osaka, southern Japan, last November.

Miss Hawker's body was discovered in a sand-filled bath at the 31-year-old's Tokyo apartment in March 2007.

The 22-year-old, from Brandon, near Coventry, had been teaching in Japan after graduating from university in Leeds.

A spokeswoman for the Hawker family said they had received a letter from a member of Ichihashi's defence team a month ago on his behalf.

She said the letter said Ichihashi was "very sorry" and was a "good person" and went into detail about what he had done during his time on the run.

The spokeswoman added: "The Hawker family does not believe a word of it and they do not wish to enter into any dialogue with Mr Ichihashi or his legal team."

The Times reported that the letter reads: "I was evil.

"There is no one to blame but me. I will take the responsibility. I will never forget about her and what I did to her and you. And I will carry my cross until the moment of my death."

Miss Hawker's parents Bill and Julia said in a statement: "Ichihashi escaped from police and used plastic surgery to change his features and wanted to be free for the rest of his life."


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