Turkish man says sexual assault on Romanian woman was due to ‘nervous breakdown’
A man who was caught by police as he sexually assaulted a Romanian woman in daytime in the middle of Istanbul has defended himself in court by saying he had a “nervous breakdown.”
According to a story published by daily Habertürk on Aug. 3, the 23-year-old Romanian woman, identified only as E.P., was assaulted when she was touring Istanbul’s central Karaköy neighbourhood with her sister.
“He pushed me, got me on the ground and got over me. I think he assaulted me with sexual motives. I tried to resist and plainclothes police officers quickly came to save me. I was very scared,” the woman said in her testimony.
A prosecutor indicted the man, identified only as Mustafa A., who could be jailed for up to 10 years for sexual assault.
“I was walking in Karaköy when I experienced a nervous breakdown and I hugged the woman. I regret what I did,” the man told the court.
The court arrested Mustafa A. and adjourned the trial for the next hearing.