A married man who allegedly beat up and tortured his lover told his victim her blood was "tasty" after licking it from his hands.
Russian Otteva Elvira, 47, met Turkish car worker Alp Mutlu, 40, on social media a year ago and he invited her to visit him in Istanbul. The pair then began a relationship.
Ms Elvira travelled to Turkey to see her lover three times before earlier this month she went to stay with him in a hotel in the Atasehir part of the city.
However, Ms Elvira, who told police she escaped the hotel room after two days of being tortured, claimed things soon turned nasty.
According to the Press Global news agency, speaking from her hospital bed, Ms Elvira allegedly told the police: "Our first day in the hotel was nice, he asked me, 'Why don’t we have a baby together?'
"He started asking about my ex-husband and why I decided to have children with him. He seemed jealous of me"
She went on: "He then drank too much and started beating me. The first day he slapped me for five hours.
"When the blood flowing from my face got on his hand, he would lick it and say, 'How beautiful it tastes'. I could not do anything.
"The next day, he continued beating for 6 hours. He was throwing everything he could at me.
"He also kicked me in the head and was shouting 'I will kill you, I will cut your face so you’ll be ugly' as he hit me.
"When he left to go shopping I went to the hotel reception desk and asked for help. They locked me in a room and called the police.
"Then Alp found me again. He started to beat me again until the cops came and rescued me. "
The suspect was arrested by the police and currently remains in custody.
He is quoted as telling the police: "She was threatening to tell my wife about the relationship between us. She wanted to call my wife that day.
"When I didn't give her my phone, she hit me on the arm. I hit her back. I did not torture her. I regret it very much."
Ms Elvira, who has since returned to Russia, said: "I am grateful to the embassy and consulate in Istanbul.
"I thank the doctors and nurses for helping me through this difficult period in my life. I was between life and death. I don't think I'm the only woman in a difficult situation. I want that person to account for what they did."
The investigation continues.
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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