A woman who miraculously survived being stabbed 16 times by her ex before he fled to Turkey has criticised the police for allowing the incident to happen despite her reporting him 37 times.
The woman Sinem Demir, 30, required emergency surgery to save her life after her ex-boyfriend Tercan Mutaf, also 30, allegedly stabbed her outside her front door.
After he learned that she had survived and identified him, he fled to Turkey, where he is active on social media, posting pictures of himself as the dutiful son with a woman believed to be his mum.
However, he has received widespread criticism from other people on social media for his failure to go back to Germany and deal with the allegations.
Netizen ‘nejla.baysan84’, for example, wrote: “If he’s innocent, why doesn’t he stand behind what he did like a man and justify himself?”
But others defended him, like ‘silah9267’, who wrote: “You are all lying. Tercan is not a murderer because the girl is not dead! You can’t call him guilty unless proven. None of us know what happened at that moment. In time, everything will be revealed.”
The alleged crime took place in the town of Duelmen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on 26th October last year, when Sinem was aged 29.
The suspect was a resident of the nearby city of Hamm at the time and, despite having been convicted of stalking, was apparently free to commit the attack.
The victim suffered stab wounds to her chest, arms, hips and legs during the attack, which only stopped after her mother threw herself over the victim to protect her, resulting in the mother receiving light injuries.
Despite being pleased at how her wounds have healed, Sinem is reportedly disappointed with the work of the police, according to German daily Bild.
The Muenster Police Department has not yet been able to arrest the suspect, who fled to Turkey following the crime, something Sinem said should never have been allowed to happen.
She said: “It shouldn’t have happened. I filed several complaints because he didn’t stop persecuting and threatening me.”
According to her sister Sitem, Tercan stalked Sinem for months following the end of their relationship, which only lasted for a month and a half. He reportedly threatened her with death on several occasions and would lie in wait for her at work and during her free time.
The police, however, have defended their past actions, with a spokesperson saying: “At the time, he gave a credible assurance that he had no further interest in the injured party. For this reason, there was no basis for further measures.”
The victim, however, cannot understand why the police trusted her ex’s assurances, given he even once kicked down the door of her workplace when she tried to get away from him.
His threatening behaviour was so persistent that she ended up lodging at least 37 complaints against him with the cops.
According to Sitem, it was not Tercan’s first run-in with the law, telling reporters he had spent five years in jail before her sister’s relationship with him began.
The suspect’s Dortmund-based lawyer Dr Arabella Pooth, 38, has said: “My client would like to face the procedure in principle, but would first like to know exactly what he is being accused of. He instructed me to request access to the files. I did that, but I haven’t received the file yet.”
He is wanted on an international arrest warrant for attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm and the search for him is ongoing.