A MAN suspected of killing his girlfriend allegedly covered her in petrol and set her on fire before telling his brother he had burned some spoiled meat.
Cemal Metin Avci, 32, is accused of killing 27-year-old feminist campaigner Pinar Gültekin by beating and strangling her.
According to reports, the suspect told his brother he had burned some rotten meat after his fridge broke.
The case, which shocked Turkey, also drew the attention of celebrities and politicians who condemned the violence.
It also helped to relaunch the global Instagram hashtag campaign #ChallengeAccepted, aimed at empowering women.
Investigations are ongoing and police have arrested Mertcan Avci, the suspect’s brother, after mobile phone evidence showed he was allegedly involved in the cover-up.
Mertcan Avci admits being confronted with a smell of burning flesh when he turned up at the scene in Mentese, in south-western Mugla Province, Turkey.
He claims his brother told him he was getting rid of spoiled meat after his fridge broke at the bar he ran nearby.
During a three-month probe, homicide police tracked signals from the brother’s phone to the scene in the wake of Pinar’s disappearance on July 16.
Mertcan Avci allegedly made numerous phone calls to family members on the night of the murder.
He is accused of going to the scene with his older brother after the incident in order to cover up evidence of the crime.
Police have arrested him on charges of destroying evidence, however he insists he is innocent.
But Gültekin’s lawyer, Rezan Epozdemir, has pointed out contradictions in his statements to police.
The lawyer also believes other perpetrators were involved.
Mertcan Avci is now also in preventive detention, awaiting a trial, alongside his brother.
Pinar Gültekin was a prominent Turkish campaigner to stop violence against women in a country where last month 27 women were killed by men, and another 23 died in “suspicious circumstances”.
The figures were calculated by the We Will Stop Femicide Platform (KCDP) by collecting media reports.
Speaking to Newsflash, KCDP general secretary Fidan Ataselim said: “Pinar was brutally tortured and murdered. The cowardly killer then tried to hide the murder.
“It is no coincidence that she was killed in such a violent way given the increase in the numbers of murders of women.
“While all the evidence shows that more steps need to be taken to tackle femicide, the opposite was done.
“Instead of tackling deficiencies in the way of protecting women, they started discussing taking protections away by challenging the Istanbul convention. Whenever women’s rights are weakened, women die.”
Married father-of-one Cemal Metin Avci confessed to murdering Gültekin and was arrested on July 21.
He is being held in solitary confinement at a high-security prison.
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His wife, Eda Avci, filed for divorce on August 7 and he has agreed to pay her the equivalent of £ 497,900 in compensation.
Eda Avci told local media: “I don’t want to be associated with this event anymore. I’m trying to divorce that criminal. I will start a quiet life with my daughter.”
Cemal Metin Avci has not yet been sentenced.