Husband who ‘pushed wife to death’ was calm when seeking help from motorist, hears trial

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A man accused of pushing his pregnant wife off a cliff after taking a selfie was utterly calm when he cited a passing motorist for help after the incident, a court has heard.

The motorist testified Tuesday in the trial of Hakan Aysal, 40, who is accused of murdering his wife Semra Aysal, 32, and their unborn child for life insurance money.

The couple visited Butterfly Valley in their native Turkey in June 2018 when Semra, who was seven months pregnant, fell 300 meters to her death.

Sait Erturk, the driver who was flagged by Hakan, told the Fetihye Supreme Court that he was surprised at the man’s apparent lack of concern.

‘I was driving there and when I saw someone wave to me, I stopped. Hakan came and said his wife had fallen off the cliff.

‘We immediately got out of care and started looking for her, but we couldn’t see where she would have landed from where we were.

‘We tried to get closer to the edge for a better look. Hakan didn’t come with us there. We stayed there until the gendarmerie arrived.

Hakan was very carefree and calm. He wasn’t acting like a man whose wife had just fallen off a cliff, ”Erturk said.

A man accused of pushing his pregnant wife off a cliff after taking a selfie was utterly calm when he cited a passing motorist for help after the incident, a court has heard.  Motorist testified Tuesday in the trial of Hakan Aysal (left), 40, who is accused of murdering his wife Semra Aysal (right), 32, and their unborn child for life insurance money.

A man accused of pushing his pregnant wife off a cliff after taking a selfie was utterly calm when he cited a passing motorist for help after the incident, a court has heard. Motorist testified Tuesday in the trial of Hakan Aysal (left), 40, who is accused of murdering his wife Semra Aysal (right), 32, and their unborn child for life insurance money.

Another witness, Recep Sahin, whose daughter filmed the video in which Semra was last seen on the cliff, just before her death, also took the stand.

He told the court that he had stopped at the beauty spot “to see the view of Kabak Bay with my family.”

My daughter filmed the view with my phone and the Aysal couple came down the slope at that moment.

“We even joked,” Either this man will throw off the woman, or the woman will throw off the man. “

The witnesses both added that the suspect appeared very calm in the moments following the incident while emergency services were on the scene.

The couple visited the butterfly valley in their native Turkey in June 2018 when Semra, who was seven months pregnant, fell 300 meters to her death.

The couple visited the butterfly valley in their native Turkey in June 2018 when Semra, who was seven months pregnant, fell 300 meters to her death.

The couple visited the butterfly valley in their native Turkey in June 2018 when Semra, who was seven months pregnant, fell 300 meters to her death.

Hakan is charged with ‘willful murder’ for the death of his wife, which charges alleged against him were planned after he took out £ 40,865 personal accident insurance on behalf of Semra before her death. He was the sole beneficiary.

On the day of Semra’s death, another witness was captured just as her husband almost seemed to drag her to the edge of the cliff, where they stayed for three hours.

Prosecutors said this was at Hakan’s request while he waited to make sure they were alone before putting pressure on Semra.

The indictment also noted that Hakan demanded insurance payments from his wife shortly after his wife’s death, but it was rejected when the investigation was announced.

Hakan (pictured in the background) is charged with 'willful murder' for the death of his wife, which charges alleged against him were planned after he took out personal accident insurance worth £ 40,865 on Semra's behalf before her death.  He was the sole beneficiary

Hakan (pictured in the background) is charged with 'willful murder' for the death of his wife, which charges alleged against him were planned after he took out personal accident insurance worth £ 40,865 on Semra's behalf before her death.  He was the sole beneficiary

Hakan (pictured in the background) is charged with ‘willful murder’ for the death of his wife, which charges alleged against him were planned after he took out personal accident insurance worth £ 40,865 on Semra’s behalf before her death. He was the sole beneficiary

In February, the court heard about the victim’s brother, Naim Yolcu, in a video interview.

‘When we went to the Forensic Medicine Institute to collect the body, Hakan was in the car. My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan didn’t even seem sad, ”he said, adding that he didn’t see Hakan crying.

‘My sister was always against taking out loans. But when she died, we learned that Hakan had taken out three loans on behalf of my sister.

“Also, Semra was afraid of heights, what extreme sport is she going to do if she’s afraid of heights?” Yolcu said, referring to a previous comment by Hakan.

The local news outlet NTV reported that bank statements requested by the court showed that Hakan had taken out seven loans on behalf of Semra.

Hakan was absent from the hearing this week because he had been quarantined for Covid-19.

When previously asked about insurance premiums, Hakan said, “I’ve been interested in extreme sports since 2014; skydiving, bungee jumping, rafting. That’s why I had life insurance before I got married. ‘

Hakan (left) has denied responsibility for Semra's death, explaining her fall by saying, 'After taking a picture, my wife put her phone in her bag.  Later she asked me to give her the phone.  I got up and then I heard my wife screaming behind me as I walked a few paces to get the bag.  'When I turned around, she wasn't there.  I didn't push my wife '

Hakan (left) has denied responsibility for Semra's death, explaining her fall by saying, 'After taking a picture, my wife put her phone in her bag.  Later she asked me to give her the phone.  I got up and then I heard my wife screaming behind me as I walked a few paces to get the bag.  'When I turned around, she wasn't there.  I didn't push my wife '

Hakan (left) has denied responsibility for Semra’s death, explaining her fall by saying, ‘After taking a picture, my wife put her phone in her bag. Later she asked me to give her the phone. I got up and then I heard my wife screaming behind me as I walked a few paces to get the bag. ‘When I turned around, she wasn’t there. I didn’t push my wife ‘

“ I haven’t researched the policy much, ” Hakan said when asked about an article in personal accident insurance that cited him as the sole benefactor in the event of the death of Semra and his family as the benefactors should they both die .

‘The banker has arranged the paperwork. I just took it to my wife to get it signed. I didn’t know there was such an article, ”he said.

Hakan has denied responsibility for Semra’s death, explaining her fall by saying:

After taking a picture, my wife put her phone in her bag. Later she asked me to give her the phone. I got up and then I heard my wife screaming behind me as I walked a few paces to get the bag.

‘When I turned around, she wasn’t there. I did not pressure my wife. ‘

Hakan’s defense team has called for acquittal for lack of evidence.

However, taking into account statements and requests from the prosecution, the judge ruled that the suspect should remain in custody.

The hearing was adjourned pending the reports requested at the last session.

The process continues.