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Seeking a reduction of his life sentence for the murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker, Tatsuya Ichihashi told the Tokyo High Court Thursday he did not intend to kill the 22-year-old British English teacher.

Lawyers for Ichihashi, who was given a life sentence by the Chiba District Court last July, argued at the start of his appeal trial that their client should serve 20 to 30 years for his crimes instead.

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