Murdered teacher’s father hails Japanese arrest

Author: By Laura May and Matthew Cooper, Press Association

Tatsuya Ichihashi was arrested at around 6pm local time at a ferry port in
Japan for the killing of 22-year-old Lindsay Hawker.

Speaking outside the family home in Coventry, Bill Hawker said: “This has been
a long hard battle and the battle is over. We have worked tirelessly as a
family, we have never given up.”

Ms Hawker’s naked and battered body was found in a bathtub full of sand in
Tokyo.

The young woman, from Brandon, near Coventry, was pursuing her dream of
teaching English in Japan.

She was last seen on March 25, 2007 with Ichihashi, and her body was
discovered on the balcony of his flat in Tokyo.

The 30-year-old – Japanese police’s only suspect – had been on the run amid
reports that he might may have undergone cosmetic surgery to change his
appearance.

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