COURT­ROOM CON­FES­SION

Mur­derer ad­mits guilt in the wit­ness box

Herald Sun - - NEWS - RE­BEKAH CA­VANAGH re­bekah.ca­[email protected]

A COLD-blooded killer who claimed his ex-part­ner’s bath­tub drown­ing death was part of a sui­cide pact has pleaded guilty to her mur­der af­ter a rare wit­ness box con­fes­sion.

Mu­rat Davsanoglu, 43, waited un­til two weeks into his mur­der trial in Vic­to­ria’s Supreme Court to drop the bomb­shell that he “snapped” and mur­dered Ozlem “Ozzie” Karakoc in Dan­de­nong on July 14 last year.

He had long de­nied killing the young mother, say­ing the pair had a pact to take their own lives that night.

But in dra­matic scenes in court, the jury was dis­charged af­ter his con­fes­sion and he was re-ar­raigned on a guilty plea.

It came as a shock, but also re­lief, for Ms Karakoc’s heart­bro­ken fam­ily.

“We knew from the start that he did this,” her un­cle, Sam Oz­erkan, told the Her­ald Sun. “It has been all lies from the be­gin­ning. He treated my niece like rub­bish.

“You don’t do that to some­one you sup­pos­edly love. She did not de­serve this. He is as cold as ice. The ice man.”

Mr Oz­erkan had only one ques­tion for his niece’s killer: “Why did you put my fam­ily through all of this pain?”

He said no sen­tence would bring back his “won­der­ful” niece: “To me, they should just lock him up and throw away the key.”

He said Ms Karakoc, 34, was a “ded­i­cated mother” who al­ways put oth­ers first.

Davsanoglu drowned Ms Karakoc in the bath in a jeal­ous rage as she was en­gaged to an­other man, Oz­den Gonullu.

He put her body in the boot of his car and drove to­wards Mil­dura with a plan to dump her body, but later re­turned to Mel­bourne and left her body, wrapped in a blan­ket, in an empty garage at a Lalor home.

Davsanoglu handed him­self in to po­lice three days later, hours af­ter they had is­sued a miss­ing per­sons alert for him and Ms Karakoc.

Davsanoglu folded un­der ques­tion­ing by prose­cu­tor Diana Pieku­sis, SC, telling her: “You don’t need to go any fur­ther. I just snapped that night and that’s it.”

Ms Pieku­sis then asked, “you killed her?” to which he replied: “Yes.”

When she pried more, ask­ing if he snapped be­cause of her new re­la­tion­ship with Mr Gonullu and that he thought he was go­ing to lose her, Davsanoglu said: “That is cor­rect, miss, yes.”

Jus­tice Lex Lasry asked: “So there was no sui­cide pact on that night?”

“Not on that night, no,” Davsanoglu replied.

Mo­ments ear­lier, he had claimed they had been pre­par­ing a sui­cide pact for five months.

De­fence lawyer John Desmond later ex­pressed con­cerns from Davsanoglu’s fam­ily to Jus­tice Lasry that “he is just now go­ing to say any­thing be­cause he is worn down”.

“He’s just con­fessed to mur­der,” Jus­tice Lasry re­marked. “That’s a con­se­quence of giv­ing ev­i­dence, that’s the risk you take.”

Both Mr Desmond and Jus­tice Lasry said the con­fes­sion was an “un­usual” sit­u­a­tion.

Davsanoglu was re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear for sen­tenc­ing next year.

Ozlem Karakoc was mur­dered by her for­mer part­ner of 18 years, Mu­rat Davsanoglu (right).

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