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A car dealership owner and his wife have been given police protection after they claim a worker tried to kill them with the saliva bought from a Covid-19 patient.
Ibrahim Unverdi has filed a criminal complaint alleging that an employee who worked for him for three years had attempted to infect him with the virus, after being caught stealing money.
Mr Unverdi explained: "On the morning of the incident, I called him about the sale of a car. After I made the sale, I gave him [Turkish lira] 215,000 (£22,000/$30,000) and told him to take the money to the office. He even had the key to my safe, I completely trusted him.
"Later, I called him multiple times and could not reach him. He answered the next day. He said that he needed the money and stole it because he owed it to a loan shark."
He also claimed that the former employee had spiked his drink with the saliva of a Covid-19 patient before stealing the money but added that, luckily, he did not drink it.
Unverdi said: "[He] bought saliva from a Covid-19 patient for [Turkish lira] 500 (£50/$70) and tried to mix it into my drink. I learned about this from one of my employees."
He was given police protection after showing threats sent to him from the employee confirming he had tried to kill him with the coronavirus.
Unverdi said: "This is the first time I have heard of such a bizarre killing technique. Thank God I did not become sick. God is always with the good."
Ibrahim, who requested protection, told prosecutors that the employee became angry after the incident was reported in the press and he started receiving threatening messages from him.
He says that one such message says: "I could not kill you with the virus. I will shoot you in the head next time."
At the Adana Courthouse in Turkey, the employee was accused of attempted murder and threatening behaviour.
Unverdi added: "I would rather he did kill me rather than trying to infect me with the virus. My mother and father have a chronic illness.
"If he infected me with Covid-19, I could have in turn infected my family and those around me. At least if he shot me in the head, I would be the only one to die. No need to be so evil.
"Thank God the prosecutor's office gave me protection, and they are now looking for [the employee]. I am sure that a precedent decision will come from the lawsuit I filed."
Ibrahim's wife Dilek said that she is afraid to leave the house, explaining: "Me and my kids can't leave the house. We seem to be in prison in our own home. I trust justice and I want this man to get the necessary punishment.
"We live face to face with death. It is unclear where this man will come from and what he will do to us. On my behalf, on behalf of my children and my husband, I beg those who hear us, please help us. We do not want to live with this fear of death."
It is not yet known when the case will begin.
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