As far as I can tell from running this report (via Bianet) through Google Translate, the third hearing in the trial of the murderer of Melek K took place in Ankara on 15 October. The attempted trans panic defence was rejected and the accused, Tayfun P.’nin, sentenced to life imprisonment.
KaosGL say that it’s hoped that this will act to a deterrent to anyone else thinking of committing a transphobic hate crime.
Incidentally, the translation also suggests that Melek’s preferred name was Angel.
Thanks to Stefani for the link
ETA #1, 19 October: I have it on good authority that, if you translate the name Melek from Turkish to English, the name Melek translates to Angel. So, to clarify, Melek is a female Turkish name and the one she used; not Angel as I supposed in my original post.
ETA #2, 20 October: In the comments to this post, Hakan advises that Melek’s murderer is sentenced life in prison for murder and sentenced 10 years for theft. Like Hakan, I too hope the Turkish judges will take this decision into consideration against homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in future.
Previously related posts:
- Turkey: Second hearing in the trial for the murder of Melek K adjourned (October 16, 2009)
- Not-so-easy money (October 1, 2009)
- Easy money (September 29, 2009)
- Turkey: Trans novel banned (August 15, 2009)