Lebanon court sentences man to death in UK woman's death

She had been strangled with a rope and was suspected of being sexually assaulted in December 2017.

1 November 2019 | 16:26

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 1 November 2019 | 16:26

A undated handout picture released by the family of Rebecca Dykes through Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London on Dec. 17, 2017, shows Rebecca Dykes, a British woman employed at the U.K. embassy in Lebanon, who has been found murdered. (AFP Photo)

BEIRUT: A criminal court has sentenced a man to death in the case of a British woman who was raped and killed in Beirut nearly two years ago, according to Lebanon’s national news agency.

The National News Agency said Tarek Houshi, a local Uber driver, was sentenced Friday in the death of Rebecca Dykes. It wasn’t immediately clear what crime Houshi was convicted of. The sentence can be appealed.

Dykes worked at the U.K. Embassy with the Department for International Development. She had been strangled with a rope and was suspected of being sexually assaulted in December 2017. She was last seen leaving a bar in the Gemayzeh district of Beirut.

The driver, who authorities said at the time had a criminal record, was arrested two days later.

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