Japan: American sentenced to three years for sexual assault of Irish exchange student

Posted on March 14, 2013 • Filed under: Japan, Tourist Arrested, Tourist Killed, Tourist Raped

Japantoday.com reported the friend of an American on trial in the murder of an Irish exchange student in Tokyo was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting the woman she was with on the night she died. Tokyo District Court found James Blackston guilty and sentenced him to three years in prison. Prosecutors had asked for a four-year sentence. Blackston, a 23-year-old dancer from Los Angeles, was accused of assaulting the woman in a taxi on the way to a Tokyo hotel last May after he and Richard Hinds took her and Nicola Furlong out drinking. Read Article

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