A man who hacked his daughter-in-law to death with a kitchen knife and then sliced her body into small pieces has been jailed for life.
Accused Fehmi Adsiz, 65, stabbed victim Ayat Adsiz 16 times in a frenzied attack in the bathroom of their family home in Cerkezkoy, Tekirdag Province, Turkey.
Judges at Corlu Criminal Court found Adsiz guilty of murder, local media reported on 14th March.
He was arrested after his wife came home and literally caught him red-handed while he was cutting Ayat’s body to pieces and stashing the parts in plastic bags.
Prosecutors told how Adsiz and his 31-year-old daughter-in-law had rowed frequently following her marriage to his son.
After the stabbing in October 2021, the court was told, he first cut off her arms and legs before sawing them into smaller pieces and bagging them.
He then hid the severed limbs in the boot of his car but was caught by his wife Seher Adsiz as he was about to hack up Ayat’s torso, police told the court.
Prosecutors said she challenged him about blood stains all over the family apartment and then ran away to the neighbour’s house, who then called the police.
Investigators – the court heard – found Ayat’s body parts hidden in the car and in the apartment’s bathroom.
Judges jailed Adsiz for life without the possibility of reducing the sentence due to the “qualified willful killing.”
Life imprisonment in Turkey can only be paroled after serving at least 24 years.
When asked to give his final statement, he said: “I do not accept the opinion. I demand that my grandson testifies.
“He will tell you what his mother did to him. I’m so sorry, I have nothing else to say.
“It is up to the court to decide on eviction.”
Femicide has become a growing problem in Turkey, especially since the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July 2021.
The ‘Monument Counter’ – a digital memorial for women killed by violence which is updated daily – revealed that a total of 393 women were killed by men in 2022.
An additional 53 femicides have taken place in Turkey since the beginning of 2023.