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Bester’s sentence is due today


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Johannesburg - Thabo Bester, the so-called “Facebook rapist”, will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

Bester was found guilty on Monday of robbing and murdering 26-year-old model Nomfundo Tyhulu.

The State wants Bester to get a life sentence for stabbing, killing and robbing Tyhulu at a Cape Town bed-and-breakfast in September 2011.

Prosecutor Samantha Raphels told the court on Tuesday that Bester's acts were premeditated and that the robbery and murder charges should be treated as serious, separate crimes.

He should face life in prison as he was clearly not sorry for what he had done and had not been “open and honest” with the court, she said.

The court heard he met Tyhulu at a Sandton dealership in January 2011, where she sold him a BMW.

Bester was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping and robbing two models. He was jailed for 15 years on each count of rape and 15 years on each count of robbery. Five years of each robbery sentence was suspended.

He has been dubbed the “Facebook rapist” as he used the social networking site to lure women to meet him, claiming that international modelling scouts were interested in them. Armed with a knife, he then raped and robbed them. - Sapa


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