Friday 22 September 2017

Nicola Furlong: Charges expected by Friday against at least one suspect

Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
Nicola Furlong who was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room
Nicola Furlong
Nicola Furlong
Nicola Furlong and her boyfriend Danny Furlong
The remains of Nicola arriving to her home in Curracloe Co Wexford last night. Photo: Mark Condren
Andrew Furlong, on left, the father of tragic Nicola, is consoled by his family at Dublin Airport
Nicola's remains are driven to the family home
Andrew Furlong, on left, the father of tragic Nicola, is consoled by his family at Dublin Airport
Family members of Nicola Furlong leaving Dublin airport
HIP HOP star Nicki Minaj (right) has paid tribute to DCU student Nicola Furlong (left) who was found murdered in a Tokyo hotel after attending her concert in Japan last week.

INDEPENDENT.IE REPORTERS

CHARGES are expected to be brought later this week against one of the two men being held in Japan in relation to the death of DCU student Nicola Furlong (21).







Dancer James Blackston (23) and an unnamed American musician, aged 19, were arrested when Nicola’s body was found in a five-star Tokyo hotel on May 24 after she attended a Nicki Minaj concert.



Her father Andrew Furlong (42) and Nicola’s uncle Denis Corrigan are due back from Japan tomorrow.



They flew to Tokyo last Thursday seeking answers in the case of the exchange student who is believed to have had her drink spiked before she was strangled.



The two Americans are being held on a charge of indecently assaulting her Irish friend who was reported to be comatose in another room when Nicola’s body was discovered. Both men were part of the entourage of Japanese American hip-hop singer AI who played Tokyo the night before rapper Nicki Minaj



James Blackston, from South Central Los Angeles, has denied he had anything to do with Wexford student Nicola’s murder and said he did not see her after they arrived at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.



Under Japanese law the suspects can be held for up to 23 days before being formally charged.



It is understood that the Furlong family has begun fundraising to attend any trial there might be in Japan in relation to Nicola’s death

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