‘We are Arabs . . . look how a man is be­headed’

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A MAN from Hatay in Tur­key al­legedly killed a man in Girne by cut­ting his throat and stab­bing him in the back af­ter shout­ing: “We are Arabs . . . look how a man is be­headed.”

Mur­der sus­pect Fevzi Şan­verdi was said to have ut­tered the words and car­ried out the at­tack in a seafront chil­dren’s play area where the vic­tım, Hasan Po­lat Sepetçioğlu, had been ly­ing on a bench.

Şan­verdi ap­peared be­fore Girne Dis­trict Court to face a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on charges in­clud­ing pre­med­i­tated mur­der, car­ry­ing an il­le­gal knife and drunk­en­ness.

A friend of both the de­fen­dant and the de­ceased, Al­paslan Kuşçu, who had been present when the in­ci­dent took place, de­scribed to the court what hap­pened on Septem­ber 1 last year.

Kuşçu, who is him­self now on re­mand for charges of usurpa­tion, rob­bery, as­sault, dam­age and car­ry­ing an il­le­gal knife in con­nec­tion with an al­leged of­fence in Oc­to­ber, told the court, headed by judge Mel­tem Dün­dar: “Sepetçioğlu and I were hang­ing around in Girne’s old har­bour at mid­night and were drink­ing al­co­hol. Later we went to an in­ter­net café in the Bey­can­lar area. I went into the café and spent time there. Fevzi Şan­verdi and Hasan Po­lat Sepetçioğlu were hav­ing a chat and drink­ing in front of the door.

“Then I saw them talk­ing to two girls, of­fer­ing to buy them drinks and spend time to­gether.”

Kuşçu told how the other men had be­gun ar­gu­ing and started push­ing each other, and that he had “tried to solve the prob­lem telling them, ‘you are broth­ers, don’t break each other’s hearts’ and calmed them down”.

Af­ter that, he and Mr Sepetçioğlu had bought more al­co­hol and re­turned to the in­ter­net café, where the pair again ar­gued.

“Later Hasan and Fevzi wanted to go to the har­bour and carry on drink­ing there. I said I was go­ing to go work the next morn­ing but Hasan in­sisted I join them. We went to the play area op­po­site Li­man Casino and I had two beers, but they were to­tally drunk.

“While Hasan Sepetçioğlu was ly­ing on a bench, Fevzi Şan­verdi fin­ished his beer an­grily and sud­denly drew out his knife and told him, ‘We are Arabs. We are from Hatay. See how a man is be­headed’, be­fore slit­ting Sepetçioğlu’s throat and stab­bing him in the back.”

Kuşçi said Şan­verdi had then walked off to­wards the Atatürk mon­u­ment, car­ry­ing the bloody knife, and he had been too afraid to try to stop him.

“Peo­ple who had seen [the killing] started run­ning away. I alerted the Li­man Casino guards and they told me, ‘you go, we will re­port it to po­lice’.”

Şan­verdi was re­manded in cus­tody and the hear­ing ad­journed to an un­spec­i­fied date.

Mur­der sus­pect Fevzi Şan­verdi (right) is led away by an of­fi­cer

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