Nursel Şengezer / Elazığ, Aug 26 () - A man in the Black Sea town of Şile has confessed to killing a woman and then dismembering her body into several parts so that he could throw it into the trash.
Police had been searching for the killers of Güneş Kanak (pictured) since Aug. 13, after the 35-year-old woman’s body parts were found in a landfill site in Şile.
After an examination of Kanak’s phone records, police found that she had entered the home of a 43-year-old man in Istanbul’s Ümraniye district, but did not leave the home. Video footage shows the man later leaving the house with trash bags three times.
In his testimony to the police, the man confessed to the murder and dismembering Kanak’s body. He has since been arrested pending trial on murder charges.
Meanwhile, Kanak has been laid to rest in her hometown in the Karakoçan district of Elazığ in eastern Turkey. Her 15-year-old daughter was present at the funeral service, during which local women carried the coffin.
Gülten Erdoğan, the headwoman of the village of Balcalı, who attended the funeral, condemned the brutal murder in a speech at the funeral.
“I hope this will be the last funeral of a woman victim. The only thing that Güneş did was reject the proposal of an already married man” she added.
The case is the latest in Turkey’s deteriorating record on violence against women. According to data from the “We Will Stop Femicide Platform” the number of murders of women in Turkey has seen a sharp rise since 2008, when the platform started publishing monthly and annual reports. Some 154 women were recorded as murdered in the first seven months of 2015, up from 80 in 2008.