Hakan Aysal is accused of murdering his 32-year-old wife, Semra Aysal, and their unborn baby during a vacation in Butterfly Valley in Mugla, Turkey, in June 2018
A Turkish man, 40, allegedly shoved his wife off a cliff after taking a selfie with her only moments before. The man was reportedly looking to cash in on his wife’s life insurance, which he attempted to collect after her death.
The New York Post reports how 40-year-old Hakan Aysal and his 32-year-old wife, Semra, were vacationing in Turkey’s Butterfly Valley when the incident occurred. Semra was seven months pregnant at the time, and died instantly after falling 1,000 feet.
After Semra’s death, the husband tried to collect on a life insurance policy he took out for her worth 400,000 Turkish lira, or about $57,000. But he was denied as police were still investigating his wife’s death.
Prosecutors charge the murder wasn’t an “accident” and was premeditated because he wanted her money.
A court has ruled that Aysal be remanded in custody for premeditated murder.
Naim Yolcu, the brother of the deceased, said his brother-in-law didn’t appear to show any emotion after his sister died.
“When we went to the Forensic Medicine Institute to get the body, Hakan was sitting in the car,” recalled Yoluc during a video interview in court.
“My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan did not even appear sad.”