Lawyers for Tatsuya Ichihashi, who was convicted on July 21 of the rape and murder of British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker in March 2007, appealed against his life sentence on Tuesday, a Chiba district court official said. According to a TBS report, Ichihashi's lawyers asked that the case be sent to the Tokyo High Court.
At his trial, Ichihashi, 32, admitted raping and killing Hawker, 22, an English teacher, but said he took her life accidentally. He spent more than 2 1/2 years on the run, working at odd jobs, before being arrested at Osaka port in November 2009.
Six male citizen jurors and three judges found him guilty in the trial that lasted for about three weeks.
Ichihashi's lawyers have argued that he tried to revive Hawker after suffocating her by accident in an attempt to keep her from crying out for help. No date was set for the appeal to be heard.© Japan Today