Murder suspect attempts suicide in prison

A man suspected of raping and killing a 9-year-old boy in the eastern province of Kars last week attempted to commit suicide while in custody, officials said Tuesday.

Aykut B. was questioned, detained and referred to court on Saturday, and was later transferred to the Erzurum E-Type High Security Prison. The incident sparked outrage in the provincial capital, prompting the suspect’s family to leave their home and move to another city.

In order to prevent outraged locals from attempting an attack on the murder suspect, strict security measures were put in place during the suspect’s arrest. Officials have said Aykut B., who has expressed regret over the murder, attempted suicide while being held in solitary confinement for his own security.