Friday, November 4, 2011

Facebook rapist to face additional charges

THABO Bester, the alleged “Facebook rapist” accused of murdering a model in Milnerton, may face two more charges in Cape Town.

Bester, 22, of Meadowlands, Soweto, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering 26-year-old model Nomfundo Tyulu in a Sunset Beach B&B in September.

Dressed in a brown jersey, grey tracksuit pants and with his ankles shackled, Bester appeared calm, confident and suave as he was led from the holding cells into the dock.

Bester, who spoke audibly in clear English, said he would make use of a legal aid attorney.

Throughout proceedings he stared ahead and appeared to have a faint smile on his face.

State prosecutor Warda Steyn said investigations into Tyulu’s murder had been completed. She said it had since come to the State’s attention that there were two further charges linked to Bester, and these were being investigated.

Steyn said Bester’s case may be transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Bester was not asked to plead in the packed courtroom.

His case was postponed and he had no option of being released on bail as he was already serving a sentence handed down in Durban last month.

After yesterday’s court proceedings, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said there was no further information available on the two additional charges Bester could face aside from the murder charge.

Tyulu’s body, with a stab wound to the chest, was found in a room in Ocean Breeze Villa, a Sunset Beach B&B.

According to court documents, she was killed there on September 22.