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Timeline: Lindsay Ann Hawker's murder

Lindsay Ann Hawker
Lindsay Ann Hawker was found dead in a bath tub of sand

British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker was murdered in Tokyo, Japan, in March 2007.

Her body was found buried in a bath of sand on the balcony of an apartment belonging to the main suspect, Tatsuya Ichihashi.

He has been arrested, the Foreign Office said, and is being held in police custody in Osaka.

Here is a timeline of events surrounding her death.

October 2006

Lindsay Ann Hawker leaves her home in Brandon, near Coventry, and heads for Tokyo to teach English with the Nova language school in Koiwa.

25 March 2007

The 22-year-old gives an English lesson to Tatsuya Ichihashi, aged 28 at the time, at a coffee shop in Tokyo. At 1000 local time, Miss Hawker returns to Mr Ichihashi's apartment and informs the taxi driver to wait for her while she briefly goes inside. The driver leaves after seven minutes.

26 March 2007

Miss Hawker is reported missing. Her employer calls her father Bill Hawker and police are sent to Mr Ichihashi's apartment where they find the suspect escaping on foot. They discover the Leeds University graduate's body in a bath full of sand on the balcony of the fourth-floor apartment in Ichikawa, east of the capital.

27 March 2007

Mr Hawker and his daughter's boyfriend, Ryan Garside, travel to Tokyo to formally identify her body. Mr Hawker declares he "will not rest" until her killer is caught.

2 April 2007

CCTV footage showing Miss Hawker and Mr Ichihashi just hours before her death is broadcast on Japanese television.

26 April 2007

Hundreds of mourners, including Japanese Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami, gather to pay their last respects at a funeral service for Miss Hawker at Coventry Cathedral.

23 May 2007

Margaret Beckett, then Foreign Secretary, travels to Japan and appeals to the Japanese media to devote more coverage to the murder.

27 May 2007

Mr Ichihashi's father tells Miss Hawker's family via police that he hopes his son will "atone for his crime". Mr Hawker calls the message a "hollow gesture".

19 June 2007

Warwickshire Police fly to Tokyo to help the family liaise with the Japanese police team.

28 June 2007

Miss Hawker's parents, Bill and Julia, make a renewed appeal on Japanese TV for help in finding their daughter's killer.

13 August 2007

The family launch an e-mail campaign, circulating a letter titled Don't Forget Lindsay Hawker. They appeal for the readers' help and ask them to forward it to as many people as possible.

25 September 2007

Mr Hawker hands out leaflets featuring Mr Ichihashi's face at London Heathrow Airport to mark the six-month anniversary of her death.

22 March 2008

To mark the one-year anniversary of her death, Miss Hawker's family fly to Japan to appeal for new leads.

21 March 2009

Miss Hawker's family return to Tokyo on the second anniversary of her death. They unveil life-size talking cut-outs of Mr Ichihashi to raise the profile of the investigation.

4 November 2009

It emerges that Mr Ichihashi may have undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance. Police release pictures of how he might look now. The suspect, now 30, is thought to have had cheek implants and lip-thinning. Miss Hawker's family appeal to police to tell them what has happened.

10 November 2009

Mr Ichihashi is arrested by Japanese police, the Foreign Office confirms. He is held in police custody in Osaka.



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