'Facebook rapist' denied leave to appeal

2012-08-23 09:07

Cape Town - Convicted killer Thabo Bester, also dubbed the "Facebook rapist", was denied leave to appeal his sentence, it was reported on Thursday.

Bester, 23, had brought his application before Judge Judith Cloete in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, the Cape Times reported.

A week ago, Bester was jailed for life for the murder of Johannesburg model and car saleswoman Nomfundo Tyhulu, 23.

He was sentenced to an additional 25 years on a charge of aggravated armed robbery.

He was found guilty of stabbing Thyulu in the chest at a bed-and-breakfast in Cape Town in September last year. Her laptop and cellphone were taken from her.

Bester was already serving a 50-year sentence for raping and robbing two models in Durban.

He used social networking site Facebook to lure women into meeting him, on the promise they were being considered for an international modelling contract.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-08-23 09:23

    This man is a very sick man plus doing this through facebook shows that FB is just another social network which will disappear within a couple of year!! plus the securtiy on FB SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

      United.Red.Angel - 2012-08-23 09:35

      This really doesn't have anything to do with Facebook. If you're naïve enough to meet a random man at a BnB, then I dunno what you can expect.

      Victoria - 2012-08-23 10:32

      I agree with you 100% @United.Red.Angel I was raised not to talk to strangers and NEVER go anywhere with someone you do not know, especially not alone. Its not Facebook's responsibility to take care of all safety aspects for us.

  • rypstra - 2012-08-23 10:04

    75 years? We must house and feed this sick freak for 75 years He deserves the chairinjection! High walls, burglar bars and anal penetration is nothing compared to whats hes done :(

      rypstra - 2012-08-23 10:06

      chair/injection** or be rolled over by a slow moving train

  • rscoetzee - 2012-08-23 10:20

    I dont get this..."Bester was already serving a 50-year sentence for raping and robbing two models in Durban." Then how was he able to commit the recent crime ? Shouldnt he be in jail if he was already serving another sentence? someone please clarify...

      avuyile.ramncwana.5 - 2012-08-23 11:44

      This must have been his 2nd trial for this specific murder.He was probably already in jail for the Durban murders and then trialed again for this murder.Jus bad phrasing on the "writers" part.

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