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Tatsuya Ichihashi wishes Lindsay Ann Hawker would ‘come back to life’

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32, who is awaiting trial for raping and then killing British teacher Lindsay Hawker, 22, claims in his book that he wished his victim “could come back to life.”

Hawker’s naked body was found buried in a bath tub on the balcony of his Tokyo apartment.

Ichihashi wrote the book Titled “Until I Was Arrested,” in the 14 months since he was apprehended.

He spent two years and seven months on the run and the book details his journey across Japan by train and ferry.  During that time Ichihashi repeatedly tried to change his appearance by using knives and scissors on his face.  The book also goes into his feelings of “contrition” for Hawker’s death.

Mr Ichihashi’s 240-page book reveals how barefoot he managed to evade the eight officers searching the property and after making his escape spent some weeks in Tokyo while the police were looking for  him.

During this journey, Mr Ichihashi said he wished that Hawker could “come back to life.”

Often living rough he was able to catch and cook over an open fire and even eating snakes.He tried to change his looks by removing two distinctive moles from his cheek with a box cutter and sliced off part of his lower lip with a pair of scissors to make it appear thinner and changing the shape of his nose by sewing it with a needle and thread.

He picked up labouring jobs on construction sites in Osaka and Kobe and earned close to Y1 million (£7,705) over a period of two years, which he spent on cosmetic surgery.

He was eventually caught in Nov 2009 while waiting trying to board a ferry for Okinawa.

There is no explanation of the killing of Hawker in the book or his motives, but it does include an apology.  He said the book was “a gesture of contrition for the crime I committed” and that royalties from the book would be given from Ms Hawker’s family.

In a statement issued through their legal representative in London, Bill and Linda Hawker say they have no intention of accepting the money and only want to see justice for their daughter.


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Mexican Pop Singer Kalimba Jailed for Raping Teenage Girl

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Mexican pop singer Kalimba was jailed yesterday on charges of raping a teenage girl.

After being deported from El Paso, Texas, for immigration violations Kalimba arrived in the Caribbean city of Chetumal on a Mexican federal government plane.  The case has received front-page coverage in Mexican newspapers and has been a staple of talk shows.

His lawyer, Eliezer Garcia said that Kalimba was in Texas on a business trip and was not trying to flee when he was arrested.

Prosecutors alleged that Kalimba, 28, raped a 17-year-old girl on Dec. 19 at a hotel in Chetumal.   After the girl made an official complaint, a judge issued an arrest warrant against the singer.  Kalimba has denied the accusations

TV footage showed the singer entering the state prison at 5 a.m. in the morning.  He was wearing a knit cap, jeans and a hooded sweater.  Kalimba is likely to be held in a separate cell for his safety and given a routine psychological exam.

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    Former Israeli President Found Guilty on Rape Charges

    Thursday, December 30th, 2010

    Former President Moshe Katsav has been found guilty by an Israeli court on two counts of rape and sexual harassment.   He initially agreed to a plea bargain that would have required him to admit to a lesser charge of sexual misconduct but later withdrew from that agreement so that he could stand trial.

    The verdict was issued on Thursday in Tel Aviv, where Katsav may face other sexual misconduct charges involving a further two women.  The two pending incidents are alleged to have taken place in the 1990s when he served as Israel’s tourism minister.

    The Jerusalem Post says during the court proceeding, the judges said the accusers had complained that Mr. Katsav had forced them to write love letters to him, in order to make it appear that their allegations were false.

    During the proceedings on Thursday women’s rights groups demonstrated outside of the court as a show of solidarity with his accusers.

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