Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A Turkish man who mixed his own flesh-eating acid and poured it on the woman he claimed he loved while she was asleep in her own bed has been arrested and faces up to 20 years in jail.
Prosecutors say that bespectacled Mehmet Yildiz, 30, claimed to be madly in love with beautiful older woman Yasemin Uzuncelebi, 42, and could not accept it when she told him she was not interested in a relationship with him.
After yet another rejection, he waited until the lights were switched off at her home, broke inside, and sneaked up to her bedroom while she was asleep.
He then poured the homemade chemical concoction directly onto her head at the property in the district of Avcilar in the Turkish province of Istanbul.
The horrific attack in October last year left the woman screaming in agony, and neighbours who rushed round to help were horrified to see that the liquid not identified by officials had burned away the flesh right the way down to the bone, destroying the woman’s eyesight in the process.
Doctors said they had never seen injuries like it, with bone exposed after the woman’s flesh was completely dissolved by the evil concoction.
Investigators got hold of CCTV footage from the area that had captured the moment Yildiz ran out of Uzuncelebi’s house after he poured chemicals on her face, and a manhunt was launched after it was shared with local media.
Yildiz did not reveal how he had come up with recipe for the flesh-eating chemical, but he confessed that it involved several different liquids mixed together after he was finally located and arrested by teams from the Avcilar Police Department.
The investigation into the incident has now been completed, and the Kucukcekmece Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has demanded a prison sentence of between 13 to 20 years for the horrific attack on the charge of ‘attempted murder with prejudice’.
The court has now accepted the indictment, and Yildiz’ trial will begin shortly.
Uzuncelebi’s injuries were so severe that even now, months later, she is still fighting for her life in the intensive care unit.