Prosecutor seeks life sentence for suspected baby-killer in Adana
The prosecutor’s office in the southern Turkish province of Adana has demanded life in jail for a man accused of killing a two-month-old baby and wounding her mother, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 1.
The incident took place in Adana’s Yüreğir district on March 2 when Syrian national Mohammad al-Mansour, his wife Zainab Mahrouq, and their daughter, Asma, were travelling on a bike.
The suspect, Abdülkerim Başak, allegedly kicked Mahrouq and caused him, his wife and his daughter to fall over. They were rushed to hospital but Asma lost her life due to a head trauma on March 8.
The police identified the 20-year-old suspect with the help of witnesses and CCTV footage, and the 7th High Criminal Court in Adana has accepted the indictment against him.
According to the indictment, the prosecutor is seeking a life sentence for deliberate murder and one year in jail for injuring the woman.
Mansour and his wife, originally from Syria’s Aleppo province, fled their country after the civil war that started in March 2011. They moved last year to Turkey’s southern province of Adana, where Asma was born in January 2018.
Başak said he never intended to kill the baby and was drunk at the time of the attack.
The case will reportedly be heard by the court in the coming weeks.