Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina. The Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage. It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for […]
Lindsay Ann Hawker Suspect Admits Killing Victim
Over 18 months have passed since his arrest and it has been over 4 years since English teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker’s body was found in a bathtub covered with sand on a Tokyo balcony. The suspect, Tatsuya Ichihashi, infamously succeeded in evading capture by running past 9 police officers who went to his door and running barefoot away down the street. During his time in custody Ichihashi has written and published a book about his two years of evading capture, how sad he felt during the time and about his obsession with plastic surgery. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for his plight.
Anyway, it was day one of his trial today in a case which could result in the death penalty. Please note that I used the word “could” because I sincerely doubt that will be the case, having a rough idea about how things seem to work here in Japan. On the opening day of trial Ichihashi has admitted raping his victim, and also strangling her so that she could not call out for help. The more interesting outcome of this first day is that he has admitted that he caused her death by strangulation. “I’m responsible for her death and for that, I am very sorry.”
Now I’m guessing that has been said for a number of reasons. First off, he is saying that the death wasn’t premeditated and so most likely wouldn’t result in the death penalty, even in the worst instance. The second part holds a lot of weight though here in Japan. If you are seen to be showing remorse, then it is very likely that the prosecutors will take pity on you somewhat and lessen your sentence. Am thinking they might take into account his time in custody prior to trial and the “hardship” he was under during his evasion from police capture (don’t laugh; I’m deadly serious). Am going to go on the record and predict a manslaughter verdict with 2-3 years imprisonment, and a 4-5 year suspended sentence. The fact that she died will be described as “regrettable” and everything swept under the carpet pretty much so that we can all pretend it never happened. I hope I will be pleasantly surprised, but I’m the eternal skeptic. A verdict is predicted on July 21st.
The trial continues.