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Lindsay Ann Hawker murderer jailed for life

Lindsay Ann Hawker murderer jailed for life
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A Japanese man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of British national Lindsay Ann Hawker.

Tatsuya Ichihashi buried the naked body of 22-year-old Lindsay Ann in a sandfilled bathtub before she was discovered in 2007.

Ichihashi fled the apartment when police came to question him, and spent three years on the run, despite a massive manhunt and media frenzy.

Ichihashi went to great lengths to avoid detection, including mutilating his nose to change his appearance. It was a visit to a plastic surgeon that brought about his capture when the doctor contacted police. He was arrested in 2009 at a port in western Japan, while waiting for a ferry to the southern island of Okinawa.

The murderer has published a best-seller detailing his life on the run. He said all proceeds should go to the Hawker family.

Lindsay Ann was working as an English teacher in Tokyo at the time of her murder.