Love rival killer receives life sentence

Oktay Kilic
Oktay Kilic

A TAXI driver who killed his wife’s lover before handing himself in at Wigan police station has started a life sentence.

Turkish-born Oktay Kilic used a kitchen knife to kill Mark Berney in a “savage and brutal attack” in August.

The 40-year-old, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, received a life term at Leeds Crown Court last week with a minimum of 27 years before parole.

Earlier in the trial, the jury heard Kilic suspected wife Kathleen was cheating on him and tracked her car using a smartphone secretly placed in the boot to a secluded country road near Ripley.

He attacked Mr Berney as his solicitor wife and children looked on.

Kilic then drove to Wigan to visit a friend who advised him to turn himself in to the authorities, the jury was told.

Mr Bryan Cox, prosecuting, said: “Kilic walked into a police station in Wigan and declared: I’ve done something really bad. I’ve stabbed someone and I hope he isn’t dead.’”

Kilic maintained he did not intend to kill and said he had not taken the kitchen knife with him but found it in the car. Judge Geoffrey Marson QC described the attack as brutal.

He told Kilic: “Mr Berney was a loving and much loved man. He was in no way responsible for the breakdown of your marriage and I am satisfied that he believed that Kathleen’s marriage was over. He is not to blame and he did not deserve to die.”

Earlier in the trial Mr Cox had said: “The defendant took with him to the scene his own children. They were present throughout and must have witnessed a significant part of the events. The psychological impact on them is inevitable.

“He in effect executed a slaughtering of Mr Berney treating him as a man might treat an animal.”