Father's relief over Lucie kidnapper ruling

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The father of Lucie Blackman has described the relief he felt after the man convicted of kidnapping her had his life sentence upheld.

Lucie disappeared in July 2000 after getting a job as a hostess in a club in Tokyo. The following year the 21-year-old's body was found buried in a cave near the city.

In 2008 Japanese businessman Joji Obara was convicted of abducting Lucie and dismembering her body.

Last week Obara had his final appeal against a life sentence for nine convictions for rape rejected.

Tim Blackman said it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from him.

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