Prosecutors seek life in jail over Hawker case

7 years ago by in Around the world

Prosecutors have demanded life in jail for the man accused of the rape and murder of British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker in 2007.

The accused, Tatsuya Ichihashi, spent more than two and a half years on the run evading authorities before getting caught. He worked odd jobs between Aomori in the north and as far south as Okinawa island. He even went to the lengths of having plastic surgery done to avoid being brought to justice. With money from odd jobs he paid to have his eyelids and nose altered and had a facial mole removed.

The father of the victim urged the Chiba district court to give Ichihashi the death penalty.

Ichihashi has testified that after raping his English teacher, he tied her up and spoke with her for hours asking her forgiveness. He then choked her to prevent her from screaming for help. He has said that he did not intend to kill her. Her body was found in a sand filled bath tub on the balcony of his apartment.

Ichihashi has written a book entitled “Until the Arrest” where he details his life on the run. He has offered all proceeds to Hawker’s family. They have declined.

The verdict and sentencing hearing are scheduled for July 21.

[ AFP] Photo by Tim Pierce