Killer boxer who stabbed girlfriend to death in knife frenzy found dead in cell

A killer boxer who brutally knifed his girlfriend in the chest nearly 40 times has been discovered dead in his jail cell.

Selim Ahmet Kemaloglu, 27, was found lifeless by officers as he hung from a sheet in a single cell in Adana F-Type Prison, southern Turkey.

Medics at the Adana Forensic Medicine Institute ruled his cause of death as suicide.

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He was jailed for the murder of Zeynep Senipar with a minimum non-parole term of 24 years on October 22.

The raging boxer got into a row with his 24-year-old partner at his home in the Mentese district, south-west Turkey.

He then grabbed a bread knife from the kitchen and stabbed her 37 times in the chest on May 24, 2020.

Paramedics sadly declared Zeynep dead at the scene.

Kemaloglu had also injured himself in the bloodbath and was taken to hospital.

The pair's relationship had all but ended a month before the killing, but the couple had continued to see one another.

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Zeynep reported Kemaloglu to the police two weeks before she died saying he had beaten her.

The boxer already had a long criminal record with 14 convictions.

He had last been taken into custody on August 28, 2019, for sexual assault and deliberate injury.

After being treated in hospital, Kemaloglu was charged with Zeynep's murder.

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Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.

According to the 2021 Annual Data Report announced by the 'We Will Stop Femicide Platform', 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.

According to data from the 'Monument Counter', which is "a digital memorial for women killed by violence" and is updated daily, 331 femicides have taken place in Turkey so far this year.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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