‘Facebook rapist’ gets life

2012-08-16 09:46

Facebook rapist Thabo Bester has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Western Cape High Court.

Bester was found guilty on Monday of robbing and murdering 26-year-old model Nomfundo Tyhulu in Cape Town last September.

He was today also sentenced to 25 years for robbery. The sentences will run concurrently.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphels told the high court on Tuesday that Bester’s acts were premeditated and that the robbery and murder charges should be treated as serious, separate crimes.

Bester should face life in prison as he was clearly not sorry for what he had done and had not been “open and honest” with the court, Raphels said.

The court heard he met Tyhulu at a Sandton car dealership in January last year, where she sold him a BMW.

Bester was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping and robbing two models. He was jailed for 15 years on each count of rape and 15 years on each count of robbery. Five years of each robbery sentence was suspended.

He is called the “Facebook rapist” as he used the social networking site to lure women to meet him, claiming that international modelling scouts were interested in them.

Armed with a knife, he then raped and robbed them.
 

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