Alleged 'Facebook Rapist' to face murder, rape charges

A man believed to be the “Facebook rapist” is expected to appear in Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The man—best known as “Thomas Bester”, one of his numerous aliases—was arrested last Wednesday in the Alberton area.

He allegedly sent women e-mails saying international modelling scouts were interested in them.

He also allegedly targeted women by meeting them in person, then befriending them on Facebook.

He is suspected of having committed a string of crimes in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng, including the murder of a model in Milnerton last month.

“Bester” was expected to face charges including at least one count of murder, several counts of rape, kidnapping, and theft.—Sapa

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