Turkish man doused his friend in acid as she slept – leaving her blind and with horrific burns – because she spurned his romantic advances
- Mehmet Yildiz, 30, allegedly attacked Yasemin Uzuncelebi, 42, in October 2021
- Yildiz allegedly poured chemicals onto Uzuncelebi, leaving her in intensive care
- Court heard today that Yildiz had allegedly planned the attack in Avcilar, Istanbul
- Prosecutors have called for Yildiz to face between 13 and 20 years behind bars
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A Turkish man allegedly doused his friend in acid as she slept, leaving her blind and with horrific burns, because she spurned his romantic advances.
Mehmet Yildiz, 30, allegedly attacked Yasemin Uzuncelebi, 42, on October 5, 2021, as she slept in her house in the Istanbul district of Avcilar, leaving her fighting for her life in an ICU.
A Turkish court heard yesterday that Yildiz ‘had planned before the event to turn off the water valves of the house and empty water from objects such as jugs and other containers’ so his victim could not wash the solution off her face.
He entered Uzuncelebi’s home using a key that she had given him and poured over his victim a concoction of ‘several liquids’ as she slept around 3am.
The pair had been pals before the attack but their friendship turned sour after Uzuncelebi rejected Yildiz’s overtures to develop an intimate relationship.
Uzuncelebi’s lawyer said doctors described his client’s injuries as some of the worst they had ever seen and that, five months later, she was still on life support.
The Kucukcekmece Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has urged the court to hand Yildiz a sentence of between 13 and 20 years on the charge of ‘attempted murder with prejudice’ over the attack.
Mehmet Yildiz, 30, who allegedly poured chemicals onto a woman as she slept after she rejected his advances had planned the attack by turning off the water supply so she could not wash the solution off her face, a court has heard
Yildiz entered Uzuncelebi’s (left and right, in hospital after the attack in October) home using a key that she had given him and poured over his victim a concoction of ‘several liquids’ as she slept around 3am, burning the flesh on her face
Yildiz reportedly launched the attack after he became angry when Uzuncelebi, who had known him for some time, told him she was not interested in a relationship.
The court heard he decided to get his revenge by pouring a black, flammable substance on Uzuncelebi’s face, leaving her screaming in agony.
Uzuncelebi, whose skin was burned off and her skull exposed by the liquid, eventually made her way out of the house and got help from her neighbours who took her to hospital.
A court heard Yildiz was later arrested over the attack after police launched a manhunt after unearthing CCTV footage which shows him fleeing the property.
Avcilar Police Department said Yildiz refused to disclose the solution’s recipe during questioning, but did confess that it involved ‘several different liquids’.
Uzuncelebi was preparing to leave Istanbul to live in another city, Hurriyet reported.
Hatice and Nazli Uzuncelebi, the victim’s sisters, attended the latest hearing, at which the defendant was expected to speak but chose to remain silent. His lawyer has asked that his mental health be assessed.
Addressing the court, Nazli Uzuncelebi claimed the bed her sister was sleeping on when the attack happened was ‘completely melted’.
Describing Yasemin’s treatement, she said: ‘Tissue was taken from 17 different areas and doctors tried to close the open wounds, but they still could not be closed.
‘I cannot describe in words the brutality my sister went through. We demand that the accused be punished. My sister’s torture will continue for years.’
Uzuncelebi, whose skin was burned off and her skull exposed by the liquid, eventually made her way out of the house and got help from her neighbours who took her to hospital
A court heard Yildiz was later arrested over the attack after police launched a manhunt after unearthing CCTV footage which shows him fleeing the property
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report announced by the ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
According to data from the ‘Monument Counter’, which is a monument established on the Internet to keep alive the memory of the women who died due to violence against women in Turkey and which is updated every day, 59 femicides have taken place since the beginning of 2022.
The trial continues.
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