A man from the UK was allegedly tied to a chair and killed with a lethal injection after falling for a 19-year-old woman from Turkey.
Murat Arpapay, 57, reportedly moved away from his family in England in 1993 to make a life with online friends living in Istanbul.
But shocked locals discovered the translator’s body in the ventilation shaft of a rented apartment in the Bahçelievler suburb on July 27, according to CNN Turk.
Arpapay’s family reportedly sent him money each month which he stored inside his home, owned by his family, in the Şirinevler neighbourhood.
According to what is believed to be his Facebook page, he studied at Newcastle College.
He was a fixture in a local cafe owned by Ersen Başak where he met two alleged sex workers, Muhterem Perçikli and Serpil Demir, both 19.
Arpapay and Perçikli became ‘lovers’, reports said, adding that he invited her over the day before his body was discovered.
CCTV footage shows the pair walking into Arpapay’s apartment block at about 9:30am, Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet reported. It appears Perçikli is wearing a blue wig.
Detectives believe Perçikli and Demir’s male associates, identified as Doğan Sarıyıldız and Fatih Erginoğlu, ambushed Arpapay.
They knocked him out with ether before placing him in handcuffs and injecting a chemical into his arm.
It’s believed the victim died shortly after, with the suspects swiping Arpapay’s apartment key and entering to steal his money.
Security footage showed Perçikli leaving the apartment building at around 9:20pm while three others were seen leaving on foot at 4am the following morning.
Police discovered Arpapay’s body after a tip-off from a resident. With no signs of wounds, officers flagged his death as ‘suspicious’ and sent his remains to medical examiners.
The Forensic Science Institute of Turkey found evidence of ecchymosis – bruises – on his arm caused by the injection as well as on his wrists, sparking a murder investigation.
Perçikli and Demir were both taken into custody by city police after being identified on surveillance tapes and confessed
The suspect told investigators that Başak, who owned the cafe where the victim first met Perçikli, was the mastermind of the operation.
He devised the plan to rob and kill Arpapay after overhearing that he stashed all his cash away at his home.
Başak was seen entering and leaving the victim’s apartment building alongside the two men.
He has since fled to Georgia with the money while Doğan and Fatih have reportedly fled to Cyprus.
Istanbul police are prepared to ask for Interpol, a global police network, to issue a ‘red notice’ to inform law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and temporarily arrest him pending extradition, surrender or similar legal action.
Perçikli and Demir remain in police custody – the investigation is ongoing.
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