A husband who pushed his pregnant wife over a cliff edge and to her death has finally been sentenced over the gruesome act.
An evil husband who pushed his pregnant wife off a cliff after luring her to the edge for a selfie has been jailed for 30 years.
Hakan Aysal, 40, was convicted of pushing his seven-months-pregnant wife Semra Aysal, 32, off a cliff in southern Turkey in June 2018.
Police accused Aysal of shoving his wife off a cliff in country’s popular Butterfly Valley in the southeastern district of Mulga.
Cops became suspicious of Aysal after photos of the couple atop the cliff were shared in news reports which prompted a witness to come forth to with video evidence of the 40-year-old Turk acting strangely.
Recep Sahin, who filmed Semra’s last moments alive, took the stand at a previous hearing and told the court: “I stopped there to see the view of Kabak Bay with my family.
“My daughter was filming the view with my phone and the Aysal couple came down the slope at that moment.
“We even joked, ‘either this man will throw the woman off or the woman will throw the man’. There was no interaction between them.”
Another witness said Aysal appeared unusually calm after the incident.
He said: “I was driving there when I saw someone was waving at me, and I stopped.
“Hakan came and said his wife had fallen down the cliff. We immediately got out of the car and started looking for her, but we couldn’t see where she would have landed from where we were.”
He added: “We tried to get closer to the edge for a better look. Hakan did not come with us down there.
“We stayed there until the gendarmerie arrived. Hakan was very carefree and calm. He was not acting like a man whose wife just had fallen off a cliff.”
Aysal was charged with planning to murder his wife and had taken out life insurance on her behalf worth £21,700, which he quickly claimed after he death, according to court documents.
He was the sole beneficiary of his wife’s insurance.
It was rejected when police announced an investigation into Semra’s death.
The victim’s older brother, Naim Yolcu, said in a previous hearing: “When we went to the Forensic Medicine Institute to get the body, Hakan was sitting in the car. My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan did not even appear sad.”
He added: “My sister was always against taking out loans. However, after she died, we learned she had loans taken out by Hakan on behalf of my sister. “
He told the court Aysal had a fear of heights and said it made no sense for him to take Semra up a cliff.
Aysal claims he’s been into extreme sports like mountain climbing since 2014.
His social media account showed countless photos of his apparently high-flying lifestyle in which he travelled all around the country and stayed in top hotels abroad.
When quizzed about a clause in his wife’s insurance that made him the sole beneficiary of any payout in the event of death, he said: “I did not examine the policy closely. The banker arranged the paperwork. I just brought it to my wife to get it signed. I was not aware there was such an article.”
He denied being responsible for Semra’s death, telling the court at the time: “After taking a photo, my wife put the phone in her bag. Later, she asked me to give her the phone.
“I got up and then heard my wife scream behind me when I walked a few steps away to get the phone from her bag. When I turned back, she was not there. I did not push my wife.”
But yesterday, a jury found Aysal guilty of his wife’s murder and sentenced him to 30 years prison without parole.
Following the hearing, Naim told reporters: “Our pain is great, but we have been relieved a little with the punishment given.
“He could not get away with the murder. No one will get away with femicide in Turkey.”
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report by the ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission