Blackman Suspect Says It Was Sex Fun, Not Rape; Deep Waters: 10,000 Pieces of Evidence Collected over Sex Crimes

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Blackman Suspect Says It Was Sex Fun, Not Rape; Deep Waters: 10,000 Pieces of Evidence Collected over Sex Crimes


Byline: Teruaki Ueno in Tokyo

Wealthy property developer Joji Obara pleaded not guilty yesterday to drugging and raping three Japanese women.

Obara (48), who is under investigation in the death of Briton Lucie Blackman, whose dismembered body was found two weeks ago in a seaside cave near one of his homes, insisted at Tokyo District Court that the women agreed to have sex with him.

'These were women I met through telephone dating clubs for the purpose of fun, or paid sex,' the bearded Obara, dressed in a grey suit and a black sweater, told the court.

'The sex play with them was based on mutual agreement. I didn't use drugs.'

Yesterday was the second hearing in a case that has sparked a frenzy of media attention.

Obara faces five charges of raping Japanese and foreign women and was arrested on a new charge last month involving sexual violence resulting in death for allegedly drugging and raping an Australian woman in 1992.

Police have collected more than 10,000 pieces of evidence that include videotapes of Obara allegedly assaulting and raping women he lured to his apartment and made unconscious with drinks spiked with pills or chloroform.

Obara has denied any involvement in Miss Blackman's disappearance and death, but police have continued their investigation for possible links. …

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