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Wife's lover murder: Taxi driver Oktay Kilic jailed for life

Oktay Kilic Image copyright NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE
Image caption Kilic had traced his victim using a computer and mobile phone

A taxi driver who tracked his estranged wife's lover down and stabbed him to death has been jailed for life.

Oktay Kilic confronted and stabbed Mark Leslie John Berney on the B6165 at Whipley Bank, Ripley, North Yorkshire on 3 August.

Kilic had traced his wife's car using a computer and smart phone which had been placed in the boot of the vehicle.

The 40-year-old, of Kent Road, Harrogate, was convicted of murder following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

'Traumatic time'

Kilic, a taxi driver originally from Turkey, attacked Mr Berney with a kitchen knife after tracking him down in Ripley at around 21:30 BST.

The 44-year-old, from Knaresborough, was found with serious injuries in the passenger seat of Kilic's wife's car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Berney's family speaking after sentencing said in a statement: "We feel that justice has been done and Mark can now rest in peace.

"The events of 3 August 2014 will never be far from our minds and the past six months have been the most traumatic and distressing time for Mark's family, relatives and friends.

"Although Oktay Kilic will serve a long custodial sentence, the family will also serve our private sentence of never seeing Mark again."

Kilic was told he must serve at least 26 years and 190 days in prison before being considered for parole.

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