apanese police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old American musician on suspicion of murdering a female Irish exchange student last month in Tokyo, a police spokesman said.
The US citizen, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, is suspected of killing Nicola Furlong, 21, in a Tokyo hotel room on May 24, said the spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
The suspect has admitted having pressed her neck with his hands but insisted that he did intend to kill the victim, Jiji Press news agency reported, quoting police sources.
Police suspect that the man, who arrived in Japan in April to join a band, killed the victim after she refused his sexual advances, Jiji said.
The man and another American man, 23, had already been detained on suspicion of giving alcoholic drinks to Furlong and her friend, also a 21-year-old Irish woman, and then groping her inside a taxi.
Earlier reports said a hotel employee went to the room and found Furlong on the floor lying near the bed and the US teen standing nearby. An autopsy reportedly showed she may have been strangled...
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