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Uber driver accused of raping and murdering British diplomat in Beirut told cops he killed her for 'wearing a short skirt'

An Uber driver accused of raping and murdering a British diplomat told police because she was wearing a short skirt.
Tarek Hawchieh has been named as the man suspected of killing 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes in Beirut.
Ms.Dykes, who worked at the British Embassy in the Lebanese capital, is believed to have been strangled after being picked up from a bar where she met with friends.
Her body was found by police dumped at the side of the road, and the 29-year-old driver was identified using tracking information from his car.
A Lebanese police source told "He said he found her pretty, wearing a short skirt…and so he decided to rape her as it would be easy as she was a foreigner."

Images on the suspect's Facebook page include shots of him holding a Kalashnikov weapon in 2014.
Lebanon's interior minister this week said the Uber driver had served time in prison, and accused the company of not checking criminal records of its drivers.
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the driver had three priors on his judicial record involving drugs and had been imprisoned on that basis.
"This company, when it hires drivers, and lets them work within its organisation, does not check their priors", he said at a news conference.
An Uber spokesperson said all drivers the company uses in Lebanon are fully licensed by the government and must have a clear judicial record.
The spokesperson said a copy of the driver's judicial record published by local media, showing no judgments against the driver, was accurate.
Uber confirmed in an email that he was a licensed taxi driver with a clean background check.

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