Three men accused of murder at Kyrenia Court

The trial has begun at Kyrenia Court of the murder of 42 year old Abdussamed Durmus, known as Samos; owner of Elizel motel in Kyrenia.

Mr Durmus, was murdered at his motel in a brutal attack last March, when three robbers attempted to break into the motel safe containing TL 150,000. During the struggle, Mr Durmus  received nine stab wounds to different parts of his body and died from his wounds.

Yesterday, Volkan Pirinc, Sami Akkaya and Ihsan Atar appeared at Kyrenia criminal court charged with murder.

Police gave a long statement at the start of the trial covering their criminal investigations, the evidence on the victim’s clothing, autopsy reports and the signed confessions of the three charged.

The three defendants were clearly nervous as the evidence against them mounted up.

One of the accused, Ihsan Atar who had actually worked at the motel for 10 years, hatched the plot; buying tickets for his two accomplices to fly in from Turkey and help him carry out the robbery.

As Mr Durmus was being attacked by the group, an employee at the adjacent hotel heard his cries for help and rushed over to help. Mehmet Zonguldak himself suffered a stab wound to the thigh.

Following the murderous attack, his two accomplices fled and Mr Atar stayed on to get rid of the weapons used in the attack.

However he was questioned by police, having texted his accomplices that they should stay in hiding as they had been identified.

Now that all three of the group have been arrested, one of them has already confessed to murder.

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