There was an unfortunate incident in Lebanon this past Friday where female British diplomat appears to have been first sexually assaulted and later strangled by an Uber driver.
The driver, who had previously been convicted and was being charged for illegal drug used but not yet convicted, has been arrested.
Here’s an excerpt from Am-Nahar (access the piece here):
Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said the suspect is a taxi driver who picked up the woman from Beirut’s Gemayze neighborhood, known for its restaurants and pubs, then drove to a nearby neighborhood where she lived but did not drop her off there.
Instead, the suspect drove the car to the site where Dykes’ body was later found. NNA said the man tried to sexually assault her, then strangled her with a rope. The police have not confirmed those details.
The murder has shaken Lebanon, where such crimes, particularly against foreigners, are relatively uncommon.
Earlier, a forensics official told The Associated Press that the woman was strangled with a rope and that authorities were investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted. Both the police and the forensics official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
All Uber drivers in Lebanon are licensed taxi drivers that go through local background checks that still apparently don’t show any past or current on-going issues with this individual.
Very unfortunate situation for the deceased’s family, the country (Lebanon) and for the Uber.