Lindsay Hawker’s killer is ‘truly sorry’ as he fights murder conviction

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THE man found guilty of raping and murdering Brandon teacher Lindsay Hawker will find out next month if his appeal has been successful.

Tatsuya Ichihashi, 33, opened an appeal at Tokyo High Court on Thursday, seeking a reduction in his life sentence because he said he did not mean to murder the 22 year old.

He was found guilty of the crimes he carried out in Japan in 2007.

Her body was found in a sand-filled bathtub at his home in the Japanese capital.

But Lindsay’s parents Hawker said he should “appreciate what he has done and pay for it”.

Julia Hawker, her mother, said the family did not believe he felt remorse.

She said: “We would feel a lot better if he just went and served his sentence.

“He needs to appreciate what he has done and pay for it.”

Ten days short of the five-year anniversary of 22-year-old Lindsay’s disappearance, Ichihashi admitted to the court that he laid on top of his victim, but claimed he “did not know my arm had compressed her neck.”

He also repeated an apology to the family, saying, “I will keep apologising to them until I die and suffer pain. I am truly sorry.”

Ichihashi will find out about the appeal decision next month.