A killer jailed for 30 years after he slit his 16-year-old fiancee’s throat with a breadknife has been sentenced to a further 20 years behind bars.
A court in Giresun, Turkey, found accused Huseyin Can Gokcek, 21, guilty of raping the minor and holding her against her will.
Victim Sila Senturk was killed after she dumped Gokcek and he challenged her at her family home in Eriklimani, Giresun Province, in February last year.
As they rowed furiously, Gokcek grabbed the knife and slashed the teenager across the neck.
Her horrified grandmother ran to a neighbour’s home to get help, but Sila was dead before paramedics arrived.
The 1st High Criminal Court in Giresun had already sentenced Gokcek to aggravated life imprisonment after finding him guilty of aggravated murder of a minor in December.
In Turkey, the minimum non-parole term for an aggravated life prisoner is 30 years.
He attended the hearing via video link from the F-Type High Security Closed Prison in Van, where he was jailed on remand shortly after his arrest.
And now the same court has found him guilty again.
Attending via video link, Gokcek heard the court sentence him to 16 years and eight months in jail for sexual abuse of a minor.
Under Turkish Law, the legal age of consent to any sexual activity is 18.
He was also sentenced to three years, one month, and 15 days behind bars for false imprisonment.
Gokcek told the court that he regretted his actions.
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July 2021.
According to data from the ‘Monument Counter’, which is “a digital memorial for women killed by violence” and is updated daily, 393 women were killed by men in 2022, while 38 femicides have taken place in Turkey so far this year.