Femicide suspect arrested in connection to murder of another woman in Ankara

Turkish police on Friday arrested Ümitcan Uygun, the main suspect in the ongoing controversial murder trial of his ex-girlfriend, in connection to the murder of another woman, Diken news site reported.

Uygun was arrested over suspected links to the murder of 25-year-old Esra Hankulu, with whom the suspect admitted to being romantically linked to, according to Diken.

Hankulu was found dead in her home in Ankara on Thursday, with police determining that Uygun was the last person the victim was with prior to her death.

Last June, 21-year-old Sema Esen, also known as Aleyna Çakır, was found dead in her home in Ankara. Uygun, who was also romantically linked to the victim, is the chief suspect in the ongoing murder case. An autopsy report revealed male DNA under Çakır's fingernails, along with bruises on her body and her cause of death to be asphyxiation.

The  22-year-old was arrested in January for "inciting drug use" after a video emerged showing Uygun using drugs. Uygun’s release from prison six months later sparked public outrage in Turkey, where the violent murders of several women in recent years have shaken the country. 

An autopsy on Hankulu has revealed that traces of Uygun’s DNA were found under the nails of Hankulu, Duvar news site reported on Saturday, citing a forensic report.

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