Tatsuya Ichihashi, a Japanese man, had already admitted raping the British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker (22) in March 2007. Now he also admitted killing her, although he claimed he didn´t mean to end her life.
"I didn´t intend to kill her, but I am responsible for her death. I was the one who scared her and left her dead. I am very sorry for what I did," he said at the first hearing in his trial.
Ichihashi said while he wanted to prevent her from shouting for help, he accidentially suffocated her. He then put her body into a bathtub filled with sand, where police found it on his balcony later.