An Uber driver accused of raping and murdering a British diplomat told police he targeted her because she was wearing a short skirt, it has been reported.
Tarek Hawchieh has been named as the man suspected of killing 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes in Beirut, and a horrifying Facebook video shows him taking part in a sex act with a fish.
The murder suspect is also photoed smiling as he poses with an assault rifle.
Ms Dykes, who worked at the British Embassy in the Lebanese capital, is believed to have been strangled after being picked up from a bar, where she had met with friends.
Her body was found by police dumped at the side of the road, and the 29-year-old driver was identified using tracking information from his car.
A Lebanese police source told MailOnline: “He said he found her pretty, wearing a short skirt…and so he decided to rape her as it would be easy as she was a foreigner.”
Images on the suspect’s Facebook page include shots of him holding a Kalashnikov weapon in 2014, and he is also pictured pouring himself what appears to be vodka.
Lebanon’s interior minister this week said the Uber driver had served time in prison, and accused the company of not checking criminal records of its drivers.
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the driver had three priors on his judicial record involving drugs and had been imprisoned on that basis.