Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A thug under investigation for beating his girlfriend senseless who was later found murdered has been jailed for killing another beautiful lover and claiming she committed suicide.
Twisted Umitcan Uygun has been sentenced to 10 years in prison at the final hearing held on Wednesday (13th April) for ‘aggravated injury’ following the death of Esra Hankulu, 25, in Mamak in the Turkish province of Ankara.
Two of his friends – Dilan Civelek and Furkan Gurgil – who were around on the night of the killing are also on trial for allegedly destroying evidence that showed Esra had been murdered when she was found on 3rd August 2021.
During the trial, the court heard how Esra died as a result of internal bleeding following a blow to her head, and police determined that Uygun was the last person to see her based on security camera footage and witness testimonies.
Uygun is also the main suspect in the notorious murder of Aleyna Cakir two years ago and is standing trial for her killing.
Aleyna’s death was initially treated as suicide by police, despite an autopsy report revealing male DNA under her fingernails.
She also had bruising on her body and had been throttled to death with a dressing gown cord.
Uygun was free for months after Aleyna’s death despite posting videos of himself beating the victim and reportedly mocking her death on social media,
Local media also said that Aleyna had earlier reported Uygun to police after being physically abused.
A one-month restraining order had been taken out against him.
Uygun later deleted the abuse video after giving his testimony to the police.
The trial was ordered after DNA evidence collected from Aleyna’s body had reportedly been matched to Uygun’s
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report announced by the ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
According to data from the ‘Monument Counter’, which is “a digital memorial for women killed by violence” and is updated daily, 112 femicides have taken place in Turkey so far this year.