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Court upholds killer’s sentence

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A COURT has rejected a convicted killer’s appeal to have his 17-year prison sentence reduced.

Melih Arnavut, who was sentenced in January 2018 for causing the death of workmate Eshref Abdulkairo­v in Girne in July 2017, had claimed that the punishment was “excessive”.

Mr Arnavut had been drinking with Mr Abdulkairo­v on a bench outside the Girne Halk Evi Sports Club at 5am on July 12, 2017, when they started arguing with each other.

During the argument Mr Arnavut accused Mr Abdulkairo­v of breaking his watch and then stabbed him in the stomach with a knife.

Mr Abdulkairo­v was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. Mr Arnavut was found guilty of manslaught­er, illegal possession of a knife and causing a disturbanc­e.

During the appeals hearing on Thursday last week, judges Beril Çağdal, Peri Hakkı and Bertan Özerdağ handed down the Appeals Court’s verdict.

Judge Özerdağ, reading out the verdict on behalf of the court, emphasised that the right to life is “one of the most fundamenta­l rights and freedoms”.

Pointing to a rise in murders, Judge Özerdağ said that those who commit such crimes should receive “exemplary”

 ?? ?? Mehmet Arnavut (archive photo) sentences that act as a “powerful deterrent”.
Mehmet Arnavut (archive photo) sentences that act as a “powerful deterrent”.

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