Beating wife with shovel attempted murder: Court
İsmail Saymaz – ESKİŞEHİR
A Turkish court has ruled that a man who beat his wife with a shovel had carried out “attempted murder,” in an unprecedented decision regarding domestic violence cases.
With the ruling, the Eskişehir 1st Penal Court of First Instance has referred the case to a heavy penal court.
Sercan Alır had beaten his 5-month pregnant wife Nezaket Nur Alır with a belt and shovel and smashed a jar over her head.
“As soon as my husband came home, he put his hand over my heart and said: ‘Why is your heart beating so fast? Who did you bring into the house?’ He started hitting me and dragged me into a room. When I fainted, he took me to the bathroom and washed my face. As I recovered my consciousness, he continued to beat me,” she said.
A public prosecutor has requested Sercan Alır to be imprisoned up to 4.5 years on charges of “willful injury.” But the court has referred the case to a heavy penal court, saying that the beating was an “attempted murder.”
While the perpetrator was detained, the young woman was taken to hospital.