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Uber driver has been sentenced to death for rape and murder of British Rebecca Dykes in Lebanon

Uber driver sentenced to death for rape and murder of British ambassador Rebecca Dykes in Lebanon

  • Tarek Houshi raped the 30-year-old Brit and strangled her to death in 2017
  • He confessed his crimes and was sentenced to death by a court in Lebanon
  • Mrs. Dykes worked in Beirut at the Department for International Development

An Uber driver was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of British ambassador Rebecca Dykes, almost two years ago.

Tarek Houshi raped the 30-year-old Brit and strangled her with a rope in December 2017.

Mrs. Dykes, who worked in Beirut at the Department for International Development, was last seen leaving a bar in the Lebanese capital.

The suspect was arrested two days later after being traced with images from security cameras and known for his crimes.

An Uber driver was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of British ambassador Rebecca Dykes (photo) almost two years ago

An Uber driver was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of British ambassador Rebecca Dykes (photo) almost two years ago

The Brit's family said at the time that they would & # 39; never fully recover & # 39; of their loss.

& # 39; It is devastating for Becky to have her life cruelly taken away in these circumstances & # 39 ;, they said in December 2017.

A Lebanese judge charged with investigating the crime requested the death penalty in February last year.

According to the judge's investigation, Dykes got into Houshi's vehicle shortly after midnight before the car stopped at a roadside.

Her body was dumped on that side of the road on December 16, strangled and showing signs of sexual violence.

Lebanese judges routinely invoke the death penalty in cases of murder, but the Houshi punishment can be appealed.

Moreover, Lebanon has not carried out an execution since 2004 according to Human Rights Watch.

Judicial sources revealed that Houshi had previously been arrested twice for alleged harassment and theft.

Uber said at the time that it was & # 39; shocked by this pointless act of violence & # 39 ;.

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