THE father of murdered Irish student Nicola Furlong has criticised the defence team representing her alleged murderer for trying to blacken his daughter's character.
Speaking on RTE Radio, Andrew Furlong said some of the implications made by the team defending Richard Hinds at his trial in Tokyo ‘maddened him’.
Nicola and a friend were out together on May 24 last when the exchange student was killed in a hotel room.
Hinds is due to give evidence tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, but Mr Furlong said that it had already been difficult listening to his defence team.
“At times, unreal – I can’t explain it…,” he said.
“You’re there and it’s like watching a television programme… at times you think it has nothing to do with you… Then it comes back to you that you’re there because of Nicola
“It would make your blood, listening to the stuff coming out… what they were dressed in – that they were going out looking for men, looking for sex
“It really maddens you… to hear it over and over and over and over again.”
Mr Furlong said his daughter went to Japan to further her education and learn Japanese – and that he had strongly encouraged her to do so.
“I still sorta blame myself for kinda making her go out,” he said.
Hinds (19) from Memphis, Tennessee, denies murdering the Wexford student in a room at the Keio Plaza hotel in Tokyo.
CCTV footage taken from the taxi and hotel shows that Nicola appears to have fallen unconscious for a period around three hours before she died.
She was later allegedly strangled in the hotel room of Hinds.
The case continues, with Mr Furlong saying a jugement was expected on 19 March after evidence concludes later this week.
“It’s going to be a slow few days,” he added.