Man sentenced for murder cuts electronic tag and flees

A man who was given a sentence of 20 years earlier this week for his role in a murder has escaped after cutting off his electronic ankle tag, the public prosecution office has said.

The 33-year-old was allowed by the court to await his sentence at home because of a lack of evidence. However, more evidence against the man was presented on an extra day reserved for the case, which then led to a 20 year sentence.

The man, who was supposed to appear in court on Wednesday and was wearing the electronic tag for an earlier conviction, is implicated in the drive-by shooting of handyman Mehmet Kiliçsoy on July 6, 2020 in the centre of Beuningen in Gelderland.

Police were unable to find a motive for the shooting and the conclusion was that the killers took Kiliçsoy for someone else.

Six men in total have been convicted for the murder, with sentences varying between five to 30 years. There is an international warrant out for the escaped man’s arrest.

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