Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A mother who murdered her three children to get back at her husband who she claimed had beaten and abused her has been jailed for life.
According to neighbours, Selma Cice, 27, was constantly arguing with her husband Cabbar Cice, whose age was not given, at their home in the district of Yuregir in the south-eastern Turkish province of Adana.
After one particularly violent row, she cut the throats of her screaming children Mehmet Emin, 10, Semanur, 8, and Mahmut, 4, with a knife.
Neighbours who heard the children screaming tried to enter the property, but the door was locked and so they had to call her husband.
The horrified man discovered the three murdered children when he entered the property, with his wife still alive but critically injured, having cut her own wrists following the incident on 21st October 2018.
She was taken to hospital where medics managed to save her life and after appearing in court she claimed she carried out the killings because she was depressed and had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband and his family.
She said: “I complained to the police about my husband because of the violence he inflicted on me. But I retracted it. I was afraid that they were going to take my kids away. Now I regret what I did. I wanted to commit suicide. I wish I would die instead of my children.
“I did it because of what I went through. I could not handle what I went through, I did not do it arbitrarily. I did not really willingly killed my children. I am not someone who would kill her own children. I am not a murderous mother.”
She also complained: “I have never had a happy day in my life. My whole life has been in extreme hardships. I have been thinking about committing suicide for a long time.”
Her lawyer had requested that the trial be delayed for a fresh report about her mental state, but this was rejected by the court.
After finding her guilty on three charges of aggravated murder she was jailed for 40 years by the Adana 9th High Criminal Court.
Prisoners sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment can only be paroled after serving at least 40 years if given more than one sentence.
According to the Turkish Penal Code, an aggravated life sentence is what was introduced to replace what used to be the death penalty.
The bodies of Mehmet Emin, Semanur, and Mahmut, were buried side by side in the family cemetery in the Gecitli neighbourhood after the autopsy.