Saturday 23 September 2017

Family of slain student travel to Japan for preliminary hearing

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE family of a young Irish student killed abroad are flying to Japan this afternoon in order to attend the preliminary case against a Christian musician accused of her murder.



Nicola Furlong (21), from Curracloe, Co Wexford, was killed after attending a Nicki Minaj concert in Tokyo, Japan, on May 23. She was found strangled in a hotel room.



The DCU student was on a year’s exchange programme in the country at the time.



Her father Andrew, mother Angie and 18-year-old sister Andrea have decided to fly to Japan to attend the preliminary hearing against American Christian musician Richard Hinds (19).





Ms Furlong’s family were due to board a flight to Japan this morning to attend the preliminary hearing later this week. A full trial is expected to be held later this year.



Fundraising events have been held in Wexford to help the family with their travel expenses.

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