Peter Roebuck tried to lure Facebook male friend for sex

Peter Roebuck had jumped from the sixth floor of his Southern Sun Hotel in the suburb of Newlands after reportedly being questioned on sexual assault charges

Melbourne: Nov 14, 2011

Renowned sports journalist Peter Roebuck, who committed suicide in a Cape Town hotel under mysterious circumstances, allegedly wanted to have sex with a facebook friend against his will, a report claimed on Sunday.

The 55-year-old Roebuck had jumped from the sixth floor of his Southern Sun Hotel in the suburb of Newlands after reportedly being questioned on sexual assault charges.

“It is alleged Roebuck, 55, met a man, 26, at the hotel with plans to discuss a possible university sponsorship.

“Roebuck is alleged to have tried to seduce the Facebook friend and have sex with him against his will, The New Age website said,” the Herald Sun reported on Monday.

According to reports in South Africa, Roebuck was being investigated over allegations of indecently assaulting a young man.

Police had told Roebuck that a complaint of a sexual nature had been made against him by a friend he met on Facebook, media reports said.

The newspaper also reported that “Police sources said Roebuck was either going to be formally questioned in the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on Saturday night, or arrested and taken to a station for questioning over the allegations.”

“Apparently police had gone to the hotel to take him to the police station to question him and then he died,” Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) spokesman Moses Dlamini was quoted as saying by the paper.

ICD is a body that reviews deaths that occur in police custody or as a result of police action – was also investigating the death of Roebuck. (PTI)

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