Turkey: took his wife to a cliff and simulated an accident to kill her and keep life insurance

A brutal femicide that occurred in June 2018 in Turkey is once again in the news these days, after the arrest of the murderer. His name is Hakan Aysal. On the day of the crime, he took his wife Semra Aysal, seven months pregnant, to a cliff in Izmir province.

With the excuse of taking selfies in the dangerous place, he waited for the right moment, with no one around, to push her and for the woman to fall into the void. Semra fell more than 300 meters and died immediately. More than two years later, the man was arrested and charged with murder.

The Sun published that the widower, 40, denied being responsible for the death of his wife. “After taking a photo, my wife put the phone in her purse. Later he asked me to give him the phone. I got up and then I heard my wife screaming behind me when I took a few steps away to get the phone out of her bag, “he said about it.

The woman died after falling 300 meters in the Valley of the Butterflies, in Izmir province. (The Sun).

For Justice it was not an accident but a planned crime. Days before the murder, he had taken out life insurance for his wife. Prosecutors argued that he “planned the murder of his wife by first taking out personal accident insurance on her behalf in the amount of 400,000 Turkish liras (about $ 57,000) in which he was the sole beneficiary.”

“He took his seven-month-pregnant wife to the Valley of the Butterflies in Fethiye, where they were supposed to be on vacation. They sat there for approximately three hours during which the defendant waited for a moment when there were no people around, ”described the indictment published by the Turkish media Duvar.

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Days after the crime, the man tried to collect the insurance but the bank refused, since the death of his wife was the subject of investigation.

The victim’s brother, Naim Yolcu, said in an interview that when they went to the Institute of Forensic Medicine to pick up the body with Hakan, the man “didn’t even look sad.”


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