Furlong murder case accomplice accused of second sex attack in Japan

Murdered in Tokyo - 21-year-old Wexford student Nicola Furlong

The American rapper charged with a Tokyo sex attack on the friend of murdered Irish student Nicola Furlong now stands accused of another attack.

The Irish Sun reports that James ‘King Tight’ Blackston is to answer charges that he groped another girl a month before Furlong was murdered in the Japanese capital.

The 23-year-old and a pal went back to a hotel with Furlong and her unnamed friend on the night the Wexford girl was killed in May.

Blackston has been charged with sexually assaulting Nicola’s pal in the back of a taxi before the 19-year-old Furlong was strangled.

The paper reports that Japanese authorities have now accused him of molesting another woman after getting her drunk on tequila in the city of Kofu on April 21.

Police claim the Los Angeles native brought her back to a hotel before groping her. She was described as ‘foreign’ and in her early 20s.

Blackston has been in custody since his arrest in May and has denied the latest charge, branding it a ‘mistake’.

The incident happened when he was working as a backing dancer for the Japanese hip-hop star AI.
The report says his pal Richard Hinds, 19, has confessed to strangling Nicola, from Wexford, in Tokyo’s Keio Plaza Hotel, although he denies killing her intentionally.

Hinds was found standing near her body by a hotel worker. He had reportedly earlier been captured on CCTV wheeling the apparently unconscious student to his room in a wheelchair.

Hinds’ lawyer in his home city of Memphis, Tennessee, refused to comment on the case when contacted by the Irish Sun.

Blackston’s sister Ericka Batiste has claimed: “My brother was a good guy, he would never murder or rape anyone.”

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