Story By: Ajda Ender, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Credit: Dilek Unverdi/Newsflash
A car dealership owner and his wife have been given police protection after a worker tried to kill them with the saliva bought from a COVID-19 patient after he was caught stealing their cash.
The incident took place in the south-eastern Turkish city of Adana.
Gallery owner Ibrahim Unverdi has filed a criminal complaint alleging that his employee Ramazan Cimen, who worked for him for three years, attempted to murder him by infecting him with the virus after being caught stealing money.
Unverdi told media Newsflash: “On the morning of the incident, I called him to the notary about the sale of a car. After I made the sale, I gave him TRY 215,000 (GBP 21,410) and told him to take the money to the office. He even had the key to my safe, I completely trusted him.
“Later, I called him multiple times and could not reach him. He answered the next day. He said that he needed the money and stole it because he owed it to a loan shark.”
He also claimed that Cimen had spiked his drink with the saliva of a COVID-19 patient before stealing the money, and luckily he did not drink it.
Unverdi said: “Cimen bought saliva from a COVID-19 patient for TRY 500 (GBP 50) and tried to mix it into my drink. I learned about this from one of my employees.”
He was given police protection after showing threats sent to him from Cimen confirming he had tried to kill him with COVID.
Unverdi said: “This is the first time I have heard of such a bizarre killing technique. Thank God I did not become sick. God is always with the good.”
Ibrahim’s wife Dilek Unverdi also claimed that Cimen planned to do the same to her.
Ibrahim, who requested protection, told prosecutors that Cimen became angry after the incident was reported in the press and he started receiving threatening messages from him.
One such message read: “I could not kill you with the virus. I will shot you in the head next time.”
At the Adana Courthouse, Cimen was accused of attempted murder and threatening behaviour.
Unverdi added: “I would rather he did kill me rather than trying to infect me with the virus. My mother and father have a chronic illness. If he infected me with COVID-19, I could have in turn infected my family and those around me. At least if he shot me in the head, I would be the only one to die. No need to be so evil.
“Thank God the prosecutor’s office gave me protection, and they are now looking for Cimen. I am sure that a precedent decision will come from the lawsuit I filed.”
Ibrahim’s wife Dilek told Newsflash that she was afraid to leave the house after the incident: “Me and my kids can’t leave the house. We seem to be in prison in our own home. I trust justice and I want this man to get the necessary punishment.
“We live face to face with death. It is unclear where this man will come from and what he will do to us.
“On my behalf, on behalf of my children and my husband, I beg those who hear us, please help us. We do not want to live with this fear of death.”
It is not yet known when the case will begin.
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