Man receives reduced sentence after murdering wife

A man convicted of murdering his wife has received a sentence of 20 years in jail, reduced from aggravated life imprisonment on the grounds of unjust provocation and good behavior.
ibrahim Yilmaz (36) stabbed his 28-year-old wife, Meryem Yilmaz, to death in Diyarbakirand’s andcermik district on Feb. 14 because he believed her to have cheated on him. Yilmaz also injured Hasan Yaman, a neighbor who tried to prevent him from killing his wife.
The Dogan news agency reported on Monday that the Diyarbakir 6th High Criminal Court ordered the decision on the second hearing of the trial, reducing the aggravated life sentence for murder to 24 years due to unjust provocation. The 24-year jail sentence was further reduced to 20 years because of the defendantand’s good behavior during the hearing. Yilmaz also received a suspended sentence of one year and three months for injuring his neighbor during the incident, which is to be imposed if the crime is repeated.
The court rejected the request of andOzdel Sanal, the lawyer representing the victimand’s family, to call the Yilmaz coupleand’s children to testify.
Judge Ramazan Faruk Ganduzel argued that the excuse of unjust provocation was invalid since no argument broke out between ibrahim and Meyrem Yilmaz after he learned about the alleged cheating until the day that he killed his wife. Speaking to the private Dogan news agency, Ganduzel said: and”When we take into consideration that the victim tried to leave the house [earlier on the day of the murder], the defendant attempted to prevent her, [but] no one was affected by the old incidents and the crime wasnand’t committed due to a momentary act of rage. This said, I donand’t think that the argument of unjust provocation is valid. I disagree with the decision to reduce the life sentence on the grounds of unjust provocation.and”
Sanal has appealed the court decision and told the press that the main reason for the increase in the number of murders of women is due to the reduction in sentences for reasons such as good behavior and unjust provocation.


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