Lebanon arrests Uber driver suspected of murdering British embassy worker

This undated family photo released on Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 by the Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, shows Rebecca Dykes, a British staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon, who was found strangled by the side of the road on Saturday east of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Lebanese officials said that she was found strangled and authorities are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted . (Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office via AP)
This undated family photo released on Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 by the Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, shows Rebecca Dykes, a British staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon, who was found strangled by the side of the road on Saturday east of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Lebanese officials said that she was found strangled and authorities are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted . (Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office via AP)

A Lebanese Uber driver with a criminal record has confessed to the killing of a British woman who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Monday.

The security source said preliminary investigations into the murder of Rebecca Dykes showed the motive was purely criminal, not political, and that the suspect had immediately confessed to the crime, which took place early on Saturday.

A spokesman for Uber said in an email: “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way we can.”

Lebanon’s NNA news agency reported that the suspect had picked Dykes up in his taxi in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh district on Friday evening before assaulting and killing her.

Police traced his car through surveillance cameras on the highway, NNA reported.

Dykes’ body was found strangled by a main road outside Beirut, a security source said on Sunday. She had worked at the British embassy for the Department for International Development, her LinkedIn page said.

British ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter said on Sunday: “The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news”.

Dykes’ family said in a statement issued by Britain’s foreign ministry: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened.”

Such crimes are rare in the Lebanese capital, a city which is considered generally safe for tourists and foreign residents.

REUTERS
  • Hannibal

    Now without due process hang him by his nuts and put a spike through him then leave him there to rot and for his likes to ponder.

    • Danny Farah

      He will die fast from hanging. you should dip his weiner in Acid slowly then his eyes, then his fingers then his legs. Torture him for few hours then burn the mother fucker.

      • Hannibal

        Jesus Danny! Remind me not to get on your bad side. lol

        • Danny Farah

          No worries that was just a tease! I was going to do more.. Lol

    • Hind Abyad

      No animal rapes…only humans, Allah ma yerhamo

  • Arzna

    (A Lebanese Uber driver with a “criminal record ” has confessed to the killing of a British woman who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut.)
    Wow. I think that Uber should be extremely careful in picking its drivers specially when it comes to the issue of “criminal record “. In Lebanon Uber can easily check the criminal record of any of its applicants . There is a standard form that the applicant can obtain from Internal Security that provides complete criminal record history of every Lebanese .
    It is not enough for Uber spokesman to say : “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way we can.” I think in this case Uber is a party to the crime for its negligence .

    • Hind Abyad

      How sloppy !

  • elie

    torture him slowly and televise it globally as a lesson to potential future fuckwits. Hope he dies an agonizing death.