A model who was found dead sitting on a chair with her hands cuffed behind her back and gagged took her own life, according to a Turkish court.
The court ruled that Ukrainian national Kristina Novytska, 25, had imitated a scene from the 2003 film “The Life of David Gale” starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney, when she took her own life.
Detectives at first glance suspected she had been murdered at her house in the Turkish city of Bodrum.
Ms Novytska’s body was discovered after neighbours, who had not heard from her for two days, raised the alarm.
The landlord of the house entered with the help of a locksmith around 4.30pm, on January 3, and came across the tragic scene.
Emergency and police teams were called and confirmed Ms Novytska’s death.
Friends of the model, who also worked as a translator and a part-time dance instructor, told local media in Kiev that they did not believe her death was suicide.
It is reported that the investigators initially agreed, but they changed tack when several pieces of evidence seemed to contradict that theory.
Police found that the property was locked and that there was no sign of a break-in through the iron-barred windows.
They also noted that the box for the handcuffs was found next to the model’s body. It was later found that she had ordered them online four days before she died.
The court placed emphasis on a key statement taken from the woman’s mother, living in Ukraine, who said her daughter was using antidepressants and had suffered under lockdown. She was also said to have experienced frequent migraines.
The court was unable to identify anyone who encouraged or incited Ms Novytska, who was in a relationship with a Turkish man at the time, to take her own life.
She was a graduate of the Kyiv National Linguistic University, spoke fluent Turkish and had apparently been planning to fly back home shortly before she died.
No charges were made, and the case is now considered closed.
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