Taylan Ceylan sentenced to 17 years in prison – murdered Aida
Aida, 29, was murdered by her 36-year-old partner Taylan Ceylan.
A few hours after her death, 36-year-old Ceylan arrived at the police station after first going to a petrol station to buy cigarettes, and then returning to the apartment once more to find his girlfriend was indeed dead.
His explanation for his behavior was that he had become psychotic, felt controlled, could not differentiate between reality and the illusion that he was inside a game similar to ”The Hunger Games”. He said he had been feeling paranoid for a long time and that his psychological health had gotten worse and escalated in connection with a series of setbacks.
The man said that when he and his girlfriend started watching the movie ”Deathnote” on the evening of December 8, he thought he was getting several messages through the movie. He took them as a sign of what he needed to do.
At the end of the film, the main character's girlfriend dies.
A forensic psychiatric evaluation showed that the man suffered from a serious mental breakdown at the time of the murder.
The National Board of Health and Welfare's legal team reached the same conclusion after the District Court paused the murder trial and asked for a second opinion.
The man, however, did not have a mental breakdown later when the investigation was being conducted, and according to Kristianstad District Court's verdict, which has now been delivered, his mental breakdown was caused by his drug misuse shortly before the murder.
Kristianstad District Court's verdict became public now. The sentence for Ceylan, who is a Turkish citizen, has been set at 17 years imprisonment.
Ceylan must also pay damages to Aida's parents and brother: 140,000 crowns each.
Ceylan's lawyer, Esbjörn Svensson, thinks the verdict is balanced.