A 19-year-old American Christian musician has admitted strangling Wexford student Nicola Furlong in Tokyo last month -- but insisted that he didn't mean to kill her.
The keyboard player, who graduated from High School just last year, was arrested on suspicion of murdering the 21-year-old in a hotel room on May 24.
As he is still recognised as a minor by Japanese law, his name has not been officially released.
Police suspect that he killed Ms Furlong after she refused his sexual advances, according to Japanese news agencies.
He confessed to pressing his victim's neck with his hands but said he did not mean to kill her, it has been reported.
The man was allegedly captured on CCTV wheeling Ms Furlong to his room at the Keio Plaza Hotel in the city's Shinjuku district at around 1am.
In the footage, Ms Furlong appears to be unconscious in the wheelchair. Police believe that her drink may have been spiked.
Toxicology results are expected in about a week's time.
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