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