Turkish man sentenced to life in prison for pushing pregnant wife off cliff to collect insurance policy

A Turkish man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of throwing his pregnant wife off a cliff to collect her life insurance policy.

Hakan Aysal, 41, was sentenced to life behind bars after being found guilty of pushing his seven-month-pregnant wife Semra Aysal, 32, off a cliff while on vacation at an attraction popular tourist in southern Turkey in June 2018, The New York Post reported.

Authorities believe Aysal lured his wife to the edge of the cliff by convincing her to take a selfie before pushing her away.

After his wife was killed by a fall from a 1,000ft cliff, authorities say Aysal tried to cash in on a life insurance policy worth around $25,000 that he subscribed before the crime, but was prevented from doing so by a police investigation. .

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Hakan Aysal was sentenced to life in prison after pushing his wife off a cliff in Turkey
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Aysal initially claimed he was not guilty, but he pleaded insanity at the last minute which was heard by the Fethiye High Criminal Court but ultimately dismissed.

Witnesses to the murder and family members of the couple said Aysal’s calm demeanor after the incident sparked suspicions that the death was intentional.

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Semra Aysal, with her husband, Hakan Aysal
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“When we went to the Institute of Forensic Medicine to collect the body, Hakan was sitting in the car,” Naim Yolcu, the victim’s older brother, told the court. “My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan didn’t even look sad.”

“My sister has always been against borrowing,” Yolcu added. “However, after her death, we learned that she had loans taken out by Hakan in my sister’s name.”

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Semra Aysal, with her husband, Hakan Aysal, in the background

Semra Aysal, with her husband, Hakan Aysal, in the background
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Aysal will have to serve thirty years in prison before being eligible for release.

Femicide has become a growing problem in Turkey, the New York Post reported, and the Stockholm Center for Freedom said this year that 246 women were murdered in Turkey in 2022.

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