Japan suspect in Briton murder 'to release book'

25th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Japanese man suspected of killing young British woman Lindsay Ann Hawker has written a book about the nearly three years he spent on the run before his arrest in 2009, a report said.

Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32, will release the book Wednesday in a move that he says is an expression of "contrition" for what he did, Kyodo News said Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Ichihashi does not describe the details of the alleged murder or his motives in the book, Kyodo said.

Ichihashi intends to give any royalties from the book to the family of the murdered 22-year-old English teacher, or to use it for public good, Kyodo said.

A representative for the Hawker family has said they are "disgusted" to see Ichihashi, who is expected to stand trial later this year, write a book, adding that the family wants nothing more than "justice for Lindsay," according to Kyodo.

Hawker was found dead in a sand-filled bathtub on the balcony of Ichihashi's apartment near Tokyo in March 2007. Ichihashi was the only suspect.

He has been charged with raping and murdering Hawker.

In the book, Ichihashi says he traveled around Japan until he was caught in the city of Osaka in November 2009, Kyodo said.

Hawker's family had repeatedly visited Japan and voiced frustration at police for failing to catch the suspect.

© 2011 AFP

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