'Facebook rapist' admits to killing model

2012-08-13 19:12

Cape Town - "Facebook rapist" Thabo Bester on Monday pleaded guilty to robbing and murdering model Nomfundo Tyhulu.

The Western Cape High Court heard that Bester got into an argument with Tyhulu, 26, while they stayed in Cape Town at a bed and breakfast in Milnerton on September 21 2011.

She was apparently upset about a previous girlfriend of his. They went to sleep, and Bester woke up in the early hours of the morning, decided he would stab her and take her laptop and cellphone.

He said in his confession that he went into the kitchen and took a knife. When he walked back to the bedroom, Tyhulu was awake.

They struggled for control of the knife and he stabbed her in the chest, causing her to bleed profusely.

Bester tied her hands behind her back and asked her for her laptop password, but she could not respond.

He left her in the bedroom and told the guesthouse owner that Tyhulu was still sleeping and should not be disturbed until 14:00. The owner then gave him a lift into central Cape Town.

He flew back to Durban soon after that.

His lawyer Peter Burgers told the court his client was "deeply sorry" for the murder and did not know what possessed him to commit the act. He said Bester acted on the spur of the moment.

Bester was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping and robbing two models. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail 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.

Judge Judith Cloete found Bester guilty of murder and robbery and postponed the matter to Tuesday to allow the defence time to prepare arguments for sentencing.

  • Swapie - 2012-08-13 19:29

    Should use that knive to cut off his root of all evil, then throw him in a jail with some big daddies.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-13 19:41

    You did it because you told yourself to

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-08-13 20:01

    what a horrible, evil human being

  • raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-08-13 20:08

    3rd offence? No excuses, he did the crime, he must do the time. His acts were purely intentional. Real men don't rape.

  • johan.maree.98 - 2012-08-13 20:36

    May you never be free again! hope your posterior soon looks like this (_0_) dat djy kan voel what kind van 'n pes djy is. PaPa en sy bende wag vir jou!!! bad luck en bad riddance jou rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wendetutubalang.wende - 2012-08-13 20:48

    Heavy prison sentence is unavoidable because that man had an opportunity to change his thinking to assist that women to receive medical attention, but because the murder was properly planned, he even ordered hotel personnel not to disturb a woman who was seriously in need for medical help until she succumbed to death. it is very sad, such perpetrator deserve serious heavy sentence

      Reuben Tau - 2012-08-13 22:08

      death sentence must be brought back for animals like this

  • Carina - 2012-08-13 20:55

    So if he was previously sentenced to 50 years please explain how it is that he was not in fact serving that time? This should not have happened, full stop. Sexual predators should not be allowed to skip their jail-time for any reason because they don't change.

      Barefoot - 2012-08-13 21:39

      Ask things will be explained- he did these crimes before he was sentenced, only sentenced a few months back for rapes now this is another case he's yet to be sentenced on

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-13 21:55

      The judge is far too linient.

  • cecilhstephens - 2012-08-14 08:26

    And then this piece of Sh*t cries and insists on been put in a Cell by himself because he is afraid of been raped by other inmates, ! what a joke

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-08-14 09:57

    I read the you magazine's article/interview with this sh*t-sack and it firmly believes that it is god's gift to women, and in fact the whole interview turned out to be about him and his fears, wants and needs, stuff the victims!!! sounds the same as that other crotch-stain that murdered Leigh Mathews!!! All wrapped up in themselves. Well Thabo, hope your enjoying your long evening sessions with your well hung Nigerian boyfriend "Baba" from cell block "E", long may it continue you scum!!!

  • phakamile.voyi - 2012-08-14 14:00


  • mvantyu - 2012-08-15 15:42

    this is a monster and he will never change just cut this guy into small chunks and give to the sharks to eat as he will never change

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