A man on the run accused of murder has been caught after he was involved in a car accident that needed surgery and he told the nurses his real name while groggy from the anaesthetic.
The murder took place two days after Christmas at the end of 2017 when the suspect, identified only as Abdulkadir S. because of local privacy laws, allegedly murdered victim Serhat Aydemir.
The dead man was reportedly gunned down outside a hospital in the Belediyeevleri neighbourhood of Cukurova district in Turkey’s Adana province, in an attack carried out by several men including Abdulkadir S, who was believed to be the ringleader.
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After the incident, police arrested six people including a 17-year-old, with three being remanded in custody and three released on bail pending charges in the 6th High Criminal Court.
However, a seventh suspect, Abdulkadir S., who was accused of being the ringleader, reportedly escaped the police operation and fled to Antalya province, also in Turkey, where he started living under a false ID.
But his freedom ended when he was involved in a car accident and was forced to check himself into hospital. He had reportedly been leading an isolated life, with no friends to care for him because he was worried his secret identity might be exposed, and he had also broken off contact with his family.
In hospital, doctors admitted him for surgery and after he was taken to the recovery room a nurse was asked to check his details and is said to have discovered he had given a different name to the one he used when being checked in.
Believing it was suspicious, she alerted doctors who called police and when they arrived, they discovered that he was the murder suspect they had been hunting for over the past 15 months.
He was arrested after being checked out of hospital following his treatment, and is now awaiting trial in prison over the killing.