The trial of American Richard Hinds began in Tokyo on Monday. Hinds is accused of murdering Nicola Furlong, an Irish Exchange student after a Nicki Minaj concert last May. My articles on this crime generated a lot of international responses from Ireland and Japan as well as commenters of friends of Richard Hinds and James Blackston. For this reason there was a lot of animosity in the comments section. If you click on the categories for this story, I must want you that this was before the racist language ban at Tamaratattles. Also, there is a commenter who is proclaiming the innocence of Hinds in comments. I have allowed both sides to state their opinions; however, I must point out that one of the commenters initially posting as “Source” currently claims to be at the trial but his IPs indicate he is still at his original stateside address. He also uses multiple nics to support his own posts.
That said, Hinds testified briefly to say that Nicola died accidentally during consensual rough sex and that although he did place his hands on her neck he did not use enough force to strangle her and that he believes drugs and alcohol caused her death. The prosecution claims that Hinds used a hotel towel to strangle her (Hinds denies that any object, ie towel) was used. The prosecution claims that blood stains support strangulation. Also a medical examiner has ruled that strangulation was the cause of death. The medical examiner also said that the only drugs in her system were trace amounts of Xanax which she was prescribed for anxiety and lidocaine which was on the tube inserted in her throat in a failed attempt to resuscitate her. The trial is expected to end on March 19th. In Japan, murder cases that make it to trial have a 97% conviction rate. Relatives of both Furlong and Hinds are in Tokyo for the trial. Click the category label above or at left titled “Nicola Furlong” for all articles. Please be advised that at the time of those articles there was limited information from Tokyo and some information provided was later proven false.