More on that murder in Beirut

Further to my post yesterday on the murder of Rebecca Dykes in Beirut, and via Theophrastus in the comments:

A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.

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.

A spokesman for Uber said in an email: “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way we can.”

Unless the Lebanese police have fitted up some poor sod for reasons unknown and beaten a confession out of him, this looks pretty much an open-and-shut case. Why the hell an Uber driver, who can be linked to the crime with astonishing ease, would commit a murder of a passenger is anyone’s guess. He’s either remarkably stupid or mentally ill.

Whatever the driver’s motives it’s absolutely tragic, and I was completely wrong. That’s the problem with speculation; don’t expect that I’ll stop, though.

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6 thoughts on “More on that murder in Beirut

  1. “Unless the Lebanese police have fitted up some poor sod for reasons unknown and beaten a confession out of him…”

    Hmmm, what are the odds?

  2. Well. Incredibly quick work from the Lebanese police, so kudos to them.
    I wouldnt be soo quick to admit fault though.
    Very little is still known around the cuircumstances, She may well have known him.
    I would not count out some political underhand work either.

  3. What we do know for certain is that a young white woman was out late in a bar in a recently wartorn Muslim country, planning to go home alone, and hailing an unknown to take her there. WTF! She was still on London mindset clearly. Simple failure to adjust to a necessary ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’ mindset.

  4. “What we do know for certain is that a young white woman was out late in a bar in a recently wartorn Muslim country”

    I gather she was actually picked up in a largely Christian district, if what I was told by a chum who knows Beirut is correct. Apparently such crimes are rare enough to be shocking locally.

  5. “…don’t expect that I’ll stop, though.”

    I certainly don’t want you to stop, Tim. Your speculations are always good value. And I envy your fluency.

  6. Committing a crime in your Uber car with two smart phones linking you to the victim has got to be the epitome of stupid.

    I’m sticking with my Smiley’s People explanation, and the odds have shortened.

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