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Suspected killer's book 'hurtful' say teacher's family

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Media captionTatsuya Ichihashi was arrested in 2009

The family of a British teacher found dead in a bath in Japan say they are disgusted the man charged with her murder is publishing a book.

Lindsay Hawker, from Brandon, near Coventry, was found buried in a sand-filled bath in the Tokyo apartment of 32-year-old Tatsuya Ichihashi in 2007.

Now, he has written a book about the 33 months before he was traced and arrested in late 2009.

Her family said the news had caused them more hurt.

'No association'

Miss Hawker was found at Mr Ichihashi's apartment in March 2007.

Image caption Lindsay Ann Hawker was found in the apartment in March 2007

He was arrested at a ferry port in Osaka, southern Japan, in November 2009 after he went on the run and later charged with raping and murdering her.

In a statement they said: "The Hawker family are disgusted that the man who has yet to stand trial for Lindsay's murder has been allowed to write and publish a book.

"This has only served to cause the family more hurt and we want no association with it or him.

"All we have ever wanted is justice for Lindsay."

BBC Tokyo correspondent Roland Buerk said in Before I was Arrested, Mr Ichihashi does not discuss his alleged crime but recounts how he travelled widely to evade capture after fleeing his apartment barefoot during a police search.

He spent several long periods living rough on a tiny island in the far south-west of Japan, venturing out to work as a labourer to pay for plastic surgery, the correspondent said.

The reporter said the 32-year-old was arrested after doctors at a clinic became suspicious and gave the police a photograph of his new appearance.

Mr Ichihashi's lawyer told Japanese newspapers he hopes to donate royalties from the book to the Hawker family or to charity, the correspondent said.

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