Standing before Turkey’s Magistrate’s Court and the penalty judge, the accused said that: “I am the one who killed Orouba and Hala Barakat, I admit it. They are both my relatives. Orouba is my father’s cousin”.
“When I was in Syria, my father and my older brother were killed in the war. I decided to escape in order to get rid of the pressure that was exerted on me to join the forces of the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, Orouba told me that I could come see her if I’m ever in Turkey,” he said. “So I came to Turkey illegally and started working with Orouba.”
‘She didn’t give me my salary’
The killer claims that she Ourouba did not give him a promised salary despite hiring him to work for her.
“After I’ve quit, Orouba invited me to her house to pay me. I went to see her that night (the night of the crime) in her house. In the morning, I asked for my money. She said she gave the money to someone else and she had no money left. I got angry and started yelling at her face. She slapped me so I pushed her,” he told the court.
“Before I left the house, Orouba brought a knife and pointed it at me, but I took it from her and killed her. Her daughter, Hala, came out of the bathroom. She started screaming when she saw her mother soaked in blood. I asked her to stop but she didn’t comply so I killed her too. I left the knife in the kitchen and returned to Bursa (south of Istanbul),” he said.
Ahmed denied that he was paid by any party to commit the crime, saying: “I regret it.” After the judge heard his confessions, Ahmed was held in custody.