Businessman Joji Obara has been cleared by a court in Japan of
raping and killing British bar hostess
Lucie Blackman after a trial
which started in 2003.
A childhood picture of Lucie Blackman. The 21-year-old, from
Sevenoaks in Kent,
disappeared in Tokyo in July 2000.
Police investigated the scene where Lucie Blackman's dismembered
body was found in a cave near
Obara's home in the village of Miura
in February 2001.
Lucie's father Tim Blackman attended her funeral at St Nicholas
at Chislehurst in Bromley in March 2001.
Tim and his daughter Sophie Blackman met Tony Blair when the prime
was in Japan for a G8 summit in 2000.
Lucie Blackman's family spent thousands of pounds visiting Japan to
urge the police to investigate her death.
Here they are pictured at
the spot where her body was found.
Obara was jailed for life for raping nine other women, including one
who died. His lawyer Yasuo Shionoya,
pictured here with reporters,
said his client would lodge an appeal.
Tim and Sophie Blackman were in court to hear the verdict. Mr
Blackman said Lucie had been "robbed of justice".