Police in Lebanon have arrested an Uber driver in reference to the homicide of a British girl in Beirut.
The physique of Rebecca Dykes, who labored on the British Embassy within the metropolis, was discovered by a motorway on Saturday.
The arrested man was 35 and has served a number of jail sentences, a senior Lebanese safety supply advised the BBC.
Ms Dykes had been sexually assaulted and strangled, and the person is predicted to be charged with rape and homicide later this week, police sources stated.
Her household stated in an announcement: “We’re devastated by the lack of our beloved Rebecca. We’re doing all we are able to to know what occurred.”
Ms Dykes, who’s believed to have been 30, had been working in Beirut because the programme and coverage supervisor for the Division for Worldwide Improvement since January 2017.
It’s thought she spent Friday night at a going-away celebration for a colleague within the common Gemmayzeh district of Beirut.
After leaving the bar at about midnight it seems she was kidnapped. Her physique was discovered near a motorway on the outskirts of town.
The International Workplace stated it was involved with the Lebanese authorities and confirmed an arrest had been made.
The suspect was arrested within the early hours of Monday morning after police reportedly traced his automobile on visitors administration CCTV.
An official advised the Reuters and AFP information companies the preliminary investigation had confirmed Ms Dykes’s killing “was not politically motivated”.
Worldwide neighborhood surprised
By Martin Persistence, BBC Center East correspondent, Beirut
The Gemmayzeh district of Beirut the place Rebecca Dykes was final seen alive is well-known for having a number of the metropolis’s finest and costliest bars and eating places.
There may be usually a relaxed ambiance. It’s a neighbourhood the place international help employees, diplomats and journalists mingle with rich Lebanese typically into the early hours of the morning.
Regardless of the chaos seen elsewhere within the area, Beirut in recent times has been thought to be comparatively secure. That’s the reason this homicide has left the worldwide neighborhood so shocked.
After a late evening out, many individuals would beforehand have thought nothing of catching one of many cabs that ply the streets, or calling for an Uber.
For a short time, anyway, that’s prone to change. Folks might be extra cautious about how they get house. Beirut could also be comparatively secure however – as in any large metropolis internationally – this homicide is a reminder of the hazards.
Josie Ensor, the Every day Telegraph’s correspondent in Beirut, says the case has left international residents within the metropolis unsettled.
Talking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, she stated Beirut was a “very tight-knit neighborhood, so when one thing occurs to at least one individual, it feels fairly shut”.
Ms Ensor, who was as a consequence of attend the identical celebration on Friday night, added Ms Dykes “had simply landed on her ft in Beirut and was beginning to make pals and attending to know town”.
Hugo Shorter, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, stated the entire embassy was “deeply shocked” and “saddened” by the information.
Tributes had been paid to Ms Dykes within the Home of Lords on Monday.
Former Conservative MP Girl McIntosh stated: “The lack of Rebecca Dykes in these circumstances is felt very deeply.
“And may we pay tribute to the work that she and the all Dfid staff do, typically in very harmful circumstances, significantly right now of yr, for humanitarian functions?”
The Worldwide Improvement Minister Lord Bates added: “It is clearly a really distressing time, significantly for Becky’s household, but in addition for the individuals who labored together with her.
“It reminds us of the sacrifice which is made by over 1,200 Dfid personnel who work world wide, typically in probably the most troublesome and harmful of environments.”
A Dfid spokesman stated: “Our ideas are with Becky’s household and pals at this very upsetting time.
“There may be now a police investigation and the International Workplace is offering consular assist to Becky’s household and dealing with the native authorities.”
Who was Rebecca Dykes?
Previous to her posting in Beirut, Ms Dykes labored with the International Workplace as a coverage supervisor for its Libya staff and as an Iraq analysis analyst.
In line with her LinkedIn profile, she studied anthropology on the College of Manchester, and had a grasp’s in Worldwide Safety and International Governance from Birkbeck, College of London.
She was a former pupil of Malvern Ladies’ School and Rugby Faculty, and had additionally taught English at a Chinese language worldwide college.
Ms Dykes had reportedly been as a consequence of fly again to the UK for Christmas. She says on social media that she is from London.