Men charged with harbouring fatal stabbing suspect
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.