A 16-year-old girl has had her throat slit, allegedly by her estranged fiance whom she met online and who once even kidnapped her, after she was given state protection but returned home when her gran had a stroke.
Sila Senturk, 16, died when her throat was slit in her grandmother’s home in Giresun province in north-eastern Turkey.
Her estranged fiance Huseyin Can Gokcek, 21, was reportedly detained on suspicion of murder at the airport while trying to leave the province.
The pair had reportedly met online and become engaged after both of their families agreed to the marriage, but the relationship reportedly broke down three months ago.
This was after the suspect allegedly kidnapped the victim approximately one year ago. He was detained and only released after the victim’s family withdrew their complaint against him.
The authorities even gave the teen some state protection for a time after the suspect allegedly made death threats against her after she broke off the engagement. But she returned home at the request of her family.
Two weeks ago, Sila’s unnamed grandmother suffered a stroke and the girl was asked to stay at her gran’s house and look after her.
The suspect entered the house and argued with the girl before allegedly slitting her throat and fleeing, while the panicked grandmother, who is reportedly hard of hearing and has difficulty speaking, attempted to alert the neighbours to the situation and ask for help.
She reportedly managed to do so, and medics and police were alerted by neighbours and arrived on the scene to find the young girl covered in blood and lying on the floor. They attempted to save her life, but she passed away.
The suspect has been detained and is being questioned. It is unclear if he had been formally charged at the time of writing.