A young woman has married her ex-boyfriend thug who threw acid in her face, leaving her disfigured and partially blind.
Berfin Ozek, 20, thought she was going to die when she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend Casim Ozan Celtik, 23, in 2019.
Casim attacked his girlfriend when she tried to end their relationship in 2019, telling her that if he couldn’t have her, nobody could.
When Berfin survived and revealed her ex-boyfriend was the attacker, he was arrested.
He then reportedly bombarded her with messages of love and apology, begging her to forgive him.
The victim even briefly consented and agreed to withdraw her complaint, writing: "I am not comfortable with him being between four walls there.
"We have written many letters to each other. I have given myself to him. I love him very much, he loves me very much."
Following a massive social media backlash, she later said she had realised she was wrong and asked her lawyer to reinstate the complaint.
As a result, her ex-boyfriend was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison for the attack by a court in Turkey.
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But a change in the law meant that he was released on probation, leading many to complain about the lenient amount of time he had to serve, considering that the victim was left heavily disfigured, in constant pain and with only 30% vision in one of her eyes.
Upon his release, he immediately proposed to her – and she accepted.
A wedding date was set and the 20-year-old married the man who had made her face unrecognisable, this month.
Befin's father, Yasar, commented on his daughter's marriage and said: "She married without our knowing. I've fought for her for years and now all of this has been in vain."
Lawyer Ramazan Erdogan said: "Considering the period of his imprisonment, he was entitled to go to an open prison after completing the time he had to spend in a closed prison.
"However, due to the pandemic, convicts are considered on leave from open prisons until May 31, 2022.
"The defendant's release has nothing to do with his marriage to Berfin. The decision is final.
"If it were not for the pandemic, he would have continued to serve his sentence in an open prison."
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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