An inquest heard that a BRITISH woman who was working abroad was brutally murdered by an Uber driver before he dumped her body.
In December 2017, Tariq Houshieh picked up Rebecca Dykes, 30, from a “girls night out” at a well-liked tourist bar in Beirut, Lebanon.
Her body was left by the side of the road after Houshieh raped her after she got into the taxi and strangled her to death with a rope from his sweatshirt.
Rebecca had been assisting Lebanon in managing Syrian refugee populations while working for the Department for International Development.
On December 16, 2017, her body was discovered next to a road, with choke marks all over her neck.
Houshieh was sentenced to death in 2019 but is requesting that it be commuted, according to MyLondon.
According to Agence-France Presse, it was also discovered that he was a cab driver despite having a criminal history and having been detained twice for alleged theft and harassment.
Senior coroner Andrew Harrison questioned British embassy in Beirut post security officer Alyson King about the security measures in place on Wednesday at a much-delayed inquest into her death at the Inner South London Coroner’s court in Southwark as he thought about the need for a report on how to prevent future deaths.
Staff receive a security briefing upon arriving, are required to carry personal alarms, attend monthly security briefings, regular training, and women-only sessions, according to Alyson.