Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A restaurant owner and her son have been accused of causing the death of a five-year-old girl who suffered a fatal electric shock from a toy helicopter on their premises.
Zafer Tan, 47, took his wife Nilgun Tan, 39, and daughters Duru Tan, 5, and Duygu Tan, 17, to an unnamed restaurant in the neighbourhood of Doruklu in the district of Toroslar in the Turkish province of Mersin to celebrate his birthday on 30th August 2019.
After finishing their meal, Duygu helped her sister to climb onto a toy helicopter in the restaurant’s playground area. After noticing the youngster had become motionless, the family immediately informed staff.
Duru was taken to hospital by ambulance, but, despite the doctors’ best efforts, she could not be saved. Her cause of death was given as electrocution.
Following the incident, the family pressed charges against the owner of the restaurant, Fatma A., and her son, Hasan A., ages not disclosed.
The family demanded the two be charged with ‘causing the death of a person by negligence’, which carries a prison sentence of up to nine years.
Restaurant staff Enver U. and Mehmet S., occupational health and safety specialist Dilek U.D., and the restaurant’s doctor Turgay K., were also named as suspects, accused of inadvertent negligence in the young girl’s death.
At a recent hearing at the 19th Criminal Court of First Instance in Mersin, Fatma A. and Hasan A. were determined to be the main culprits.
Enver U. and Mehmet S. were found to be secondary culprits, whereas Dilek U.D. and Turgay K. were determined to be not guilty.
The prosecutor requested that the prime culprits be sentenced for ‘causing the death of a person by negligence’.
The hearing was adjourned after the lawyers of the accused requested additional time to make a statement against the expert report presented at the hearing and the prosecutor’s request.
The case continues.