Life in prison for murderers of mother and child

Two Turkish citizens were sentenced on Monday to life behind bars for murdering a pregnant mother, Emani al-Rahmun, and her 10-month-old baby, Halaf, in June 2017.

The defendants, Birol Karacay and Celal Bay, each received double life sentences for murder, torture, sexual assault and knowingly killing a pregnant woman, among other charges.

During his defence, Karacay had claimed that he "did not murder, but only raped" al-Rahmun.

Turkey was shocked last year when details emerged of the brutal killing. The young Syrian mother was nine months pregnant when the pair murdered her, her infant son, and her unborn baby, and left their bodies in a forested area in Sakarya.