Nicola's dad tells of hurt at attempts to 'blacken her name'
THE heartbroken father of Irish student Nicola Furlong has admitted that the family are finding it very difficult to listen to attempts to "blacken her name" in a Japanese court.
The family from Curracloe, Co Wexford have been listening today to evidence from the accused Richard Hinds (19) from Memphis, Tennessee who claimed Japanese police had altered his evidence .
He also alleged that Ms Furlong had asked him to place his hand on her neck.
Nicola's mother Angela and sister Andrea will tomorrow deliver Victim Impact statements to the court, telling how "disgusted, hurt and offended" they have felt at attempts to tarnish the reputation of the Dublin City University undergraduate.
Hinds will also face cross-questioning by lawyers for the Prosecution.
The hearing before the Japanese court of three judges and six jurors will finish on Wednesday with judgement expected on March 19.
Andrew Furlong admitted that he and his family have been extremely distressed throughout the evidence of the murder trial.
The Furlongs have been aware since last June of the contents of Hinds'
statements to police. However Mr Furlong told the Irish Independent that listening to him deliver them in person was very difficult.
"We knew in June or July what would happen but now it's being said to you and it rips you to pieces," he said.
"You're hearing things about your daughter that you should never have to listen to."
"Everyone wants to have a good time and do their own private thing but now everybody's hearing what he's saying about Nicola. It will be in all the newspapers. No father wants to hear it," he said.