A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.
The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Local police suggested she had been strangled. A judicial source later confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted.
Her body was found without any identity papers on the Metn highway, which leads out of the Lebanese capital to the north-eastern suburbs. A postmortem suggested she had died at about 4am on Saturday.
In an official statement released by the British Foreign Office on Monday her family said: “For Becky to have her life cruelly taken away in these circumstances is devastating to our family. Becky is simply irreplaceable and we will never fully recover from this loss.”
Dykes, who was believed to be 30 years old, had spent the evening with friends at a cafe in Gemmayze, a district of Beirut known for its bars and restaurants. She is thought to have left on her own at around midnight.
The suspect arrested on Monday morning has been named as Tariq H, a taxi driver for Uber.
The source said preliminary investigations showed the killing was not politically motivated, and that the suspect had confessed to the crime.
The source said Dykes had hired the driver using the ride-hailing app. Lebanon’s state news agency, NNA, said the vehicle that picked her up was identified using CCTV footage.
Source: The Guardian