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Japanese prosecutors seek life for Briton's killer

Japanese prosecutors seek life for Briton's killer

Japanese prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment for a man who has admitted raping and killing a British woman and then evading a nationwide police search for more than two years.
Japanese media reported that the prosecution demanded Tuesday that Tatsuya Ichihashi face life behind bars if convicted of killing 22-year-old Lindsay Hawker in 2007.
The case became one of Japan's highest-profile killings after Hawker's body was found in a dirt-filled bathtub on the balcony of Ichihashi's apartment. After his arrest in 2009, Ichihashi wrote a book about his time on the run and the extensive cosmetic surgery he underwent to change his appearance.
Court officials refused to comment on Tuesday's reports.
A verdict is expected on July 21.