Men charged with har­bour­ing fa­tal stab­bing sus­pect

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

TWO men have ap­peared in court charged with hid­ing Fatih Çıkrıkçı, 42, charged with beat­ing and stab­bing his for­mer girl­friend to death be­fore go­ing on the run.

Çıkrıkçı was ar­rested last Fri­day, two days af­ter 45-year-old cleaner Gül­ba­har Ulu­tan was found ly­ing in a pool of blood at a house in Gönyeli where she worked.

Po­lice had named Çıkrıkçı, 42, as their prime sus­pect and mounted ex­tra se­cu­rity checks at the coun­try’s borders and ap­pealed for the pub­lic’s help in track­ing him down.

As­sis­tant Po­lice In­spec­tor Emi­rali Gür­ler told Le­fkoşa Dis­trict Court on Mon­day that Çıkrıkçı had been found and ar­rested at a farm­house in Alayköy and had ad­mit­ted killing di­vorcee Ms Ulu­tan, whom he had beaten and stabbed 13 times with a 28cm knife.

Also ap­pear­ing be­fore the court were İs­mail Kılıç, 35, and Mu­rat Sazak, 39, who have been charged with aid­ing and abet­ting Çıkrıkçı by hid­ing him, de­spite know­ing that he had com­mit­ted pre­med­i­tated mur­der.

Sazak told the court that he and Kılıç had been too afraid to turn the fugi­tive in to po­lice and had been caught, fol­low­ing a tip-off to po­lice, while they de­cided what to do.

“Çıkrıkçı has given a vol­un­tary state­ment ad­mit­ting at­tack­ing Ms Ulu­tan af­ter she re­fused to be rec­on­ciled with him as his girl­friend,” said Mr Gür­ler.

“He has ad­mit­ted beat­ing her with a trun­cheon and stab­bing her. He showed us the lo­ca­tion where he dis­posed of the knife and his blood-cov­ered clothes and gave a vol­un­tary state­ment ad­mit­ting to killing Ms Ulu­tan, go­ing on to de­scribe the crime in de­tail.”

Çıkrıkçı, who re­mained silent in court, was fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody for eight days, while Kılıç and Sazak were bailed pend­ing trial.

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