Major update in case of monster husband who pushed his pregnant wife off cliff moments after taking selfies | The Sun

AN evil husband who pushed his wife 1,000ft to her death from a cliff has been jailed for life.

Hakan Aysal, 40, shoved Semra, 32, off the ledge in southern Turkey just moments after they took a beaming selfie together.

A court heard how the monster husband killed his wife in June 2018 amid a twisted plot to cash in a life insurance policy he had taken out on her.

Aysal lured Semra, who was seven months pregnant, to the very edge of the sheer drop in Butterfly Valley, Mugla, with the pretext of taking a photo together before pushing her over, jurors were told.

This week Fethiye High Criminal Court rejected a last-minute insanity plea by the warped killer after medics confirmed he was of sound mind at the time of Semra's death.

Chilling video footage shot by a passerby at the cliff top shows Aysal and his wife – who was afraid of heights – scrambling down a rocky landscape to the edge.

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At an earlier hearing, Aysal was sentenced to at least 30 years for the brutal killing.

He attempted to challenge the verdict, claiming he had been mentally disturbed.

But medics from the 4th Specialisation Department of Forensic Medicine dismissed his claims and have confirmed Aysal was in good mental health at the time of the killing.

His aggravated life sentence has been upheld, meaning he will serve at least 30 years in prison.

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Cops became initially suspicious of Aysal after photos of the couple atop the cliff were shared in news reports which prompted a witness to come forward to with video evidence of him acting strangely.

Recep Sahin, who filmed Semra's last moments alive, took the stand at a previous hearing and told the court: "I stopped there to see the view of Kabak Bay with my family.

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

"We even joked, 'either this man will throw the woman off or the woman will throw the man'. There was no interaction between them."

Another witness said Aysal appeared unusually calm after the incident.

He said: "I was driving there when I saw someone was waving at me, and I stopped.

"Hakan came and said his wife had fallen down the cliff. We immediately got out of the car 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 did not come with us down there.

"We stayed there until the gendarmerie arrived. Hakan was very carefree and calm. He was not acting like a man whose wife just had fallen off a cliff."

Shortly after his wife's death, he claimed a life insurance policy worth £21,700 he had taken out on her behalf.

Aysal was the sole beneficiary of his wife's insurance.

It was rejected when police announced an investigation into Semra's death.

The victim's older brother, Naim Yolcu, said in a previous hearing: "When we went to the Forensic Medicine Institute to get the body, Hakan was sitting in the car. My family and I were destroyed, but Hakan did not even appear sad.

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"My sister was always against taking out loans. However, after she died, we learned she had loans taken out by Hakan on behalf of my sister. "

He told the court Aysal had a fear of heights and said it made no sense for him to take Semra up a cliff.

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