Murderer used Facebook

2010-05-16 09:11

Sydney - An Australian man has been charged with murder, accused of befriending a teenager via the social networking site Facebook, luring her to an isolated bushland area and killing her, reports said on Sunday.

Christopher James Dannevig, 20, allegedly set up a fake identity on Facebook and enticed 18-year-old Nona Belomesoff to a nature reserve in Sydney's southwest on Wednesday. Belomesoff's body was found on Friday.

"Nona allegedly told her family she was going to meet two men she had made contact with through a social networking site," New South Wales police said in a statement issued on Saturday.

"Police will allege that the second man Nona believed she was meeting did not exist."

Detective Russell Oxford told the Sunday Telegraph that Belomesoff loved animals and may have thought she was attending an overnight training camp on how to care for wildlife.

"That was part of the story to encourage her to go out there," he said. "It was a bogus ruse to get her out there."

Dannevig was due to appear in court on Thursday.

Police said the case was unusual but warned people using social networking sites to be wary.

"It's an area where predators and perverts and other people just get onto. You just don't know who you could be talking to," Oxford said.

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