Father's relief over Lucie kidnapper ruling


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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