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‘Facebook rapist’ Thabo Bester who used the social networking site to lure his victims is found dead in his prison cell



South African convict, Thabo Bester, often known as the ‘Fb rapist’  has been discovered useless in his cell on the Mangaung jail in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


The convicted rapist and assassin died on Tuesday Might 3, in accordance with Division of Correctional Companies spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.


In accordance with spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo, Bester’s physique was found with burn wounds in his cell within the early hours of Tuesday.


“Now we have confirmed the premature passing of an inmate by the identify of Thabo Bester at Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein. This inmate was doing life imprisonment. He was found in his cell at about 3:35 on Tuesday morning. He suffered severe burn wounds,” Nxumalo instructed Newzroom Afrika on Tuesday night.


The division has launched an investigation into the incident to ascertain what might have occurred.


“This was not a pure loss of life, therefore it must be investigated. That specific correctional facility has a complicated technological system to some extent that for anybody to even mild a cigarette, they gained’t gained’t use a matchbox that many use on the streets however have sure gadgets that they might use, therefore it’s essential to ascertain the circumstances beneath which that fireplace began and what’s it which will have been used. It’s additionally essential to ascertain when the fireplace began. That is the one cell that had the fireplace.”


In accordance with Nxumalo, officers not too long ago visited the power and located all the pieces, together with the fireplace methods functioning correctly.


Bester was arrested in 2011 going through 30 costs together with rape, kidnapping, and homicide. He used Fb to lure aspiring fashions to fulfill him. He would then abduct and rape them.


He was first convicted of raping and robbing two aspirant fashions whom he had approached, pretending to be a mannequin scout. In a separate trial, he was convicted of robbing and murdering a 3rd lady, Nomfundo Tyhulu. 


He claimed the 2 of them had been in a long-distance relationship and he killed her when she came visiting him, robbing her of her gadgets and leaving her physique in a Cape City visitor home. 


He was 22 and 23 when he dedicated the crimes.


In October 2011, after pleading responsible to raping and robbing the 2 ladies, he burst into tears within the Durban Justice of the Peace’s court docket and defined what made him to commit his crimes.


Talking in mitigation of his sentence, he instructed the court docket he had been raped by his grandmother’s buddy when he was younger, raped a number of occasions by a person who promised to take care of him, and that he was gang-raped in jail.


He stated when he instructed his grandmother in regards to the abuse by her buddy, it was like speaking to a wall.


“My grandmother’s buddy harm me when he raped me, and I had an operation on my behind.”


The state of affairs turned worse when his grandmother died, and he needed to dwell along with his associates in a squatter camp. Whereas dwelling there he was approached by a person who promised to take care of him, however who had then locked him in his home for days and raped him.


Bester instructed the court docket the difficulties he encountered pressured him to commit crime.


“I resorted to crime to assist myself. It’s both you die or make a plan,” he stated.


He had been discovered responsible of fraud in 2009 and sentenced to 6 months in jail with an choice of paying a R1,500 tremendous.


“I didn’t have cash to pay. They handled me badly in jail as a result of they thought I used to be from a well-off household.”


He had been gang-raped. A bottle with soapy water was inserted into his anus whereas he was in jail. The report about his jail abuse was offered in court docket. It solely talked about the abuse, however not the rapes.


Searching for to steer the court docket to provide him a lesser sentence, Bester stated he wanted a second probability.


“I do know I’ve completed horrible issues. This isn’t actually who I’m. I need the chance to place issues proper,” he stated.

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