Facebook rapist confesses

2011-10-13 00:00

LOUD and clear and with a smirk on his face, Thabo Bester pleaded guilty in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday to two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated robbery. He said he understands clearly the nature of his charges.

He is suspected of having committed a string of crimes in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng, including the murder of a woman in Milnerton last month.

The serial rapist challenged police via social networking sites such as Facebook to catch him if they could.

Dubbed the Facebook rapist, Bester appeared relaxed in his designer jeans and a white T-shirt. The skinny unshaven man in his mid-twenties was handcuffed and escorted to appear in front of magistrate Sharon Marks.

He told the court how he lured his first victim to a hotel in Umhlanga with the promise of a glitzy modelling job and robbed her of her iPad, BlackBerry and wallet with cash and then raped her.

“I told her to take a shower and get dressed, and while she was in the shower I left to buy duct tape,” he said in an affidavit. “When I returned she was in a towel and I used a knife to threaten her and then rob her. A struggle ensued and I cut her on her face and arms. Thereafter I felt compelled by lust to rape her,” his lawyer Narendra Narotam quoted from his statement.

Narotam said Bester also claimed to be overcome by guilt and tried to jump oFf a high-rise building in Durban’s Point Road, a concerned passer-by stopped him.

In the second incident Bester met his girlfriend’s friend, to whom he also promised a modelling job.

“After I dropped my girlfriend off at the uShaka International Airport I began to romance her friend.

“We consensually had sex in a Westville motel. I left and again returned with duct tape and a knife. I proceeded to rob her of valuables, including her BlackBerry and credit cards,” the affidavit read.

Bester apparently posted adverts on reputable websites such as FHM that were looking for models.

It emerged in court that Bester has a previous conviction for fraud. Details of the conviction are expected to be released when he appears again in court tomorrow. Narotam suggested his client should be assessed by a psychologist.

“He has told me many things that I cannot mention here. I believe a psychological report will be needed,” he said.

Bester was arrested last Wednesday in Alberton, south of Johannesburg.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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