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Murdered Lucie to be laid to rest
Lucie Blackman
Ms Blackman's remains were found seven months after she vanished
The ashes of a murdered nightclub hostess are being buried in Kent, four years after her dismembered body was found in a remote cave in Japan.

Lucie Blackman, 21, from Sevenoaks, went missing in Japan in July 2000. Her body was found seven months later.

The former flight attendant had been drugged, raped and murdered.

Lucie's father Tim, who now lives on the Isle of Wight, said a short service would be held on Wednesday at the St Peter and St Paul Church in Seal.

We feel that she will be finally laid to rest... hopefully this will be the same year that the trial of the accused comes to an end
Tim Blackman

Japanese property developer Joji Obara, 52, is on trial in Japan accused of abduction, rape and disposal of the body, as well as attacks on other women - he denies all charges.

Mr Blackman said: "The trial has kept the whole issue of Lucie's death an ongoing event and none of us really felt ready for her burial.

"A lot of time has past and we need to do it."

He described the day as "another hurdle to jump" in the process of trying to come to terms with her death.

The service will be a private affair for Lucie's parents, her brother and sister - a stark contrast to her funeral in 2001 when hundreds of mourners attended.

"We feel that she will be finally laid to rest... hopefully this will be the same year that the trial of the accused comes to an end," Mr Blackman added.

The family want to have a tablet made for the cave where Lucie was found as a lasting reminder.




SEE ALSO:
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