Japanese murder suspect in Sydney took ecstasy before attack
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 05:00 JST
SYDNEY — A Japanese tourist accused of stabbing a man to death at a Sydney backpackers hostel last December took ecstasy prior to the attack, a policeman told a court Tuesday, according to the Australian Associated Press. Noritaka Kawasaki, 28, is charged with the Dec 3 murder of Wayne Lee Nolan at the Avalon Backpackers Hostel.
Kawasaki admitted to police he stabbed Nolan but said he did not remember the events because he had taken one ecstasy tablet prior to stabbing the deceased, according to the report. Kawasaki, from Ibaraki Prefecture, allegedly stabbed Nolan in the face, neck, chest, back and groin as he lay sleeping.