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I don't know why I did it - Facebook rapist

2012-08-14 14:28

Cape Town - "Facebook rapist" Thabo Bester does not know why he killed model Nomfundo Tyhulu, the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town heard on Tuesday.

Taking the stand in a tracksuit, Bester poured out his heart over Tyhulu, saying she was the only one who had stood by him when people accused him of crimes in Durban.

"She was a good friend... I knew her family. She was a good person. She believed in me," he said in mitigation of sentence.

Bester, 23, revealed on Monday that he met Tyhulu, 23, at a Sandton, Johannesburg BMW dealership in January 2011, where she sold him a new car.

They started a long-distance relationship two months later and flew to Cape Town together in September for a holiday.

He pleaded guilty on Monday to robbing and killing her, following an argument at a Cape Town bed-and-breakfast on 21 September. He stabbed her in the chest and fled with her cellphone and laptop.

Mistake


On Tuesday, he said they flew to Cape Town to meet someone who was going to invest in Bester's business. He told the court he had been running an events-hosting business, earning about R15 000 a month.

Asked repeatedly by the State why he killed someone close to him, he could not come up with an answer.

He said his first thought was that stabbing Tyhulu might bring him some money from her possessions.

Eventually, he uttered: "I made a mistake and took her life".

Bester is a father to three girls, aged seven, two, and 18 months, all from different women.

The two oldest children had been living with him in Durban before the crimes, while the youngest was living with her mother in Cape Town.

His lawyer Peter Burgers said since Bester had been in prison, the older children had moved to Johannesburg, one to live with her mother, the other to live with his retired uncle, 62.

In his favour


He told Judge Judith Cloete the fact that his client was young, had dependants and pleaded guilty, should all count in his favour.

He suggested a sentence of about 25 years, to run concurrently with his 50-year sentence for other crimes.

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.

Bester 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.

Cloete postponed sentencing to Thursday.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 14:45

    I don't care why. You did it now you must pay. Another rapist that gets set free and resorts to his evil ways. NO PAROLE FOR RAPISTS MURDERERS OR CHILD MOLESTERS.

  • tahseen.harneker - 2012-08-14 14:48

    okay so let me understand this.. he was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping and robbing two models but he got out and decided to rape, steal and kill again????? Excuse me lawyer Mr Peter Burgers, but NOTHING should count in this fool's favour. He should be punished severely for his crimes, sad for his children, but they should be out into loving and caring homes where they'll be brought up well and not face the future of a murdering father.....

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 14:51

      It is mind boggling what our legislation allows.

      emile.marais - 2012-08-14 14:56

      In a perfect world, if you violate someone else's Human Rights you waiver your Human Rights.

      somila.sizani - 2012-08-14 15:06

      He has been in custody pending numerous cases...I would think they dealt with them separately (in that the 50yr sentence was handed down whilst in custody for the pending ones, including this one in which he has confessed)

  • Gavin - 2012-08-14 15:04

    oh, ok then, you can go free - you should be strung up from the nearest light pole you piece of garbage.

  • thato.mokhou - 2012-08-14 15:05

    Who does this?! Such filth. My heart reaches out to his children, they have a monster for a father! Castrated and locked up till he dies definitely!

      bullardx - 2012-08-14 15:19

      i agree totally with you...but that last sentence to your comment is a bit harsh "Castrated and locked up till he dies definitely". but otherwise we dnt need ppl like dat

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-14 15:13

    RIP Nomfundo Tyhulu - you saw good in this man when there wasn't any - he deserves hell and we not interested in what he has to say - he should get death.

  • m0760 - 2012-08-14 15:25

    you thought u smart, but not u a heartless busted.

  • Sekgwe Isaiah MminaKgomo Bahula - 2012-08-14 15:25

    that stupid boy he deserve a hell he full of nonsense.

  • jmsepmybr.zuma - 2012-08-14 15:26

    Hehe PAPA"s BITCH

  • fishycraig - 2012-08-14 15:31

    I don't know why I want to have you castrated with a rusty pair of shears and then left to bleed to death. Oh wait, I do know why.

  • m0760 - 2012-08-14 15:31

    you thougth u smart,but not you re shameless busrted without morals

  • aaron.mambane - 2012-08-14 15:42

    sis killer pls meet your mates in prison

  • oupa.ermos - 2012-08-14 15:53

    Why do people make Cape a "murder haven"? Bester and Dewani... Who is next?

  • Exboyfriend-Shady Lenyora-Aweh Nelutangani - 2012-08-14 16:55

    i wish you Rot in hell!

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-08-14 17:08

    Throw him back into the community, they'll "sort" him out very quickly. Those vigilantes will ring him with a few hot fireburning tyres!

  • Themba Nkuna - 2012-08-14 17:54

    Lets castrate him with a pair of garden scisor then throw him in a den of lions while bleeding!!!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-14 18:22

    I know whay you did it.... You are a 'sicko' and will do anything for 'gain' - irrespective of the value. You deserve to die, or at the very least rot in jail for the rest of your life...

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-16 11:06

    demon possessed bastard.go rot in jail we want to see when you come maybe u gonna have the nickname "jail rapist".No women by the way u have to grow a pair and rape other men bru.

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