Turkish man released after saying he assaulted ‘wrong women’ in street
A man in the southern Turkish province of Antalya has been released after telling a judge that he beat up the wrong women.
Local media reported that the 22-year-old hairdresser, identified only as Mert K., was detained by police after he attacked three women in the Kaleiçi district late Feb. 11.
One of the three women who were walking in the park, identified as 36-year-old Burcu Barshan, was seriously injured in the assault.
“I thought that they were the people whom I previously argued with. I noticed my mistake after punching two of them,” Mert K. said after he was detained. “In the ensuing fight I was only defending myself. They beat me up but I will not file a criminal complaint against them,” he added.
The court released the suspect on condition that he will regularly check in at a police station during the trial process.
Barshan remained in intensive care on Feb. 13 with a broken nose and skull.
The other two women, Selin Çelik and Gökçen Tuncay, were slightly injured in the assault.