Lebanon Arrests Driver Over Homicide Of British Embassy Employee

Lebanon Arrests Driver Over Murder Of British Embassy Worker

Rebecca’s physique was discovered dumped on the roadside early the next night

Beirut, Lebanon Lebanese police on Monday arrested a driver suspected of killing British embassy employee Rebecca Dykes after making an attempt to rape her, based on officers and the nationwide information company.

The Lebanese information company stated the Lebanese man, who works as a driver with ride-hailing large Uber, had confessed to killing the younger lady, who was employed on the UK embassy in Beirut.

Dykes was final seen alive at a celebration in Gemmayzeh, a Beirut neighbourhood in style with international residents, on Friday evening and left within the suspect’s automotive.

“He picked her up in Gemmayzeh on Friday evening, took her to Achrafieh then to the Metn freeway and tried to rape her,” the information company stated, referring to an expressway north of Beirut.

Her physique was discovered dumped on the roadside there early the next night.

A senior safety official had instructed AFP that strangulation was the possible reason for loss of life and added that Dykes was discovered with string tied round her neck.

The Lebanese information company stated the suspect was tracked down due to safety cameras and confessed to killing Dykes after she resisted when he sexually assaulted her, it stated.

A senior official within the judiciary stated that she had booked her car utilizing the Uber app, whose driver identification and ranking system is seen by many, particularly ladies, as providing higher security ensures than when hailing a cab off the road in Lebanon.

The driving force “tried to rape her and when she resisted he strangled her… took her pockets and threw her in a dumpster,” the official stated.

Such crime is uncommon within the Lebanese capital, a metropolis which is taken into account typically protected, together with for vacationers and international residents. A senior official had burdened that the homicide was “not politically motivated”.

An image of the younger lady, who labored on the British authorities’s Division for Worldwide Growth (DFID), was on the entrance pages of many UK papers Monday.

The British ambassador in Beirut, Hugo Shorter, expressed his grief in an announcement and messages of assist for her household and colleagues poured in from Beirut’s shell-shocked diplomatic and assist neighborhood.

“We’re devastated by the lack of our beloved Rebecca. We’re doing all we are able to to know what occurred,” the household stated in an announcement handed on by the Overseas Workplace.

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