Personal trainer, 38, who stabbed wife 58 times, dies in prison

Drug-crazed personal trainer, 36, who stabbed his wife 58 times in front of a six-year-old girl after being released on bail for domestic violence dies in his maximum security prison cell

  • Personal trainer Bulent Sessacar killed Rebecca Sessacar, 25, in December 2012
  • He was jailed for at least 10 years for manslaughter by diminished responsibility
  • Sessacar, 36, found dead in cell at HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, last month 

A drug-crazed killer who stabbed his childcare worker wife 58 times in a frenzied knife attack in front of a six-year-old girl has died in his maximum security prison cell.

Personal trainer Bulent Sessacar killed Rebecca Sessacar, 25, in a brutal stabbing at a home in Croydon, south London, in 2012.

The fatal stabbing took place days after he was released on bail for domestic violence.

He was jailed for at least 10 years and eight months for manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility – after a court heard he had been abusing steroids and cocaine.

But Sessacar, 36, was found dead in his cell at HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, last month. 

A Prison Service spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘HMP Woodhill prisoner Bulent Sessacar died in prison on 21 January. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.’ 

According to the Sun, Sessacar is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Personal trainer Bulent Sessacar (pictured) killed Rebecca Sessacar, 25, in a brutal stabbing at a home in Croydon, south London, in 2012

He was jailed for at least 10 years and eight months for manslaughter of Mrs Sessacar (pictured) by reason of diminished responsibility – after a court heard he had been abusing steroids and cocaine.

Sessacar, a personal trainer who was abusing steroids and cocaine at the time of the killing, had a history of violence and a police caution for battery of his wife. Pictured: Sessacar and wife Rebecca on their wedding day

Sessacar, 36, was found unresponsive in his cell at HMP Woodhill (pictured), in Milton Keynes, last month

He had not tested positive for Covid-19 and his death is not being treated as suspicious, the paper adds. 

Sessacar, a personal trainer who was abusing steroids and cocaine at the time of the killing, had a history of violence and a police caution for battery of his wife.

Two days before he was arrested for assaulting Mrs Sessacar.

But he was allowed to return home after Ms Sessacar said she did not want to press charges. 

Mrs Sessacar told a friend that her husband had threatened to hurt her if she did not let him back.

She was stabbed to death at a home in south London on December 20, 2012. 

Speaking at a court hearing at the Old Bailey in 2014, Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said: ‘Bulent Sessacar killed his wife. He stabbed her repeatedly in a frenzied and sustained attack.

‘The killing was witnessed by a six year-old girl who sustained minor injuries as he struggled to push her into a bedroom.’

Mrs Sessacar was found lying in a pool of blood in the front room next to two kitchen knives. One of the blades had broken away from the handle.

She had suffered 58 stab wounds to the head, face, neck and upper back, as well as bruising to her body and a bite mark to her cheek.

When police entered the property, following concerned calls from neighbours, the six-year-old ran into the officer’s arms and told them she had witnessed the attack.

Mr Sessacar was arrested at the scene after claiming that he had stabbed his wife after she stabbed him in the leg. He had a knife wound to the thigh.

He sat on the bed rocking back and forward and appeared to have a seizure.

Two forensic psychiatrists concluded that he was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and a borderline personality disorder.

He denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Ms Howes told the court: ‘It appears to the Crown that where we have two highly respected forensic psychiatrists and both are of the view that the appropriate criteria is met, the plea is acceptable.’


Mrs Sessacar (pictured right) had suffered 58 stab wounds to the head, face, neck and upper back, as well as bruising to her body and a bite mark to her cheek. Mr Sessacar (pictured left) was arrested at the scene after claiming that he had stabbed his wife after she stabbed him in the leg.

The incident happened at a property in Croydon, south London, in December 2012

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said in 2014 that Mr Sessacar would have received a 20-year minimum sentence if it was a murder charge.

He added: ‘I am satisfied that you are dangerous and will remain so for an unascertainable period.

‘The combination of an untreatable personality disorder and a propensity to abuse drugs against the background of the explosion of violence dictates as much.

‘I have therefore been driven to the conclusion I must pass a sentence of life imprisonment upon you.’

Mr Sessacar was told at the time of his sentence he would have to serve at least 10 years and eight months before parole.

The court heard the couple married on June 21, 2005, but separated briefly in January 2012 when Mr Sessacar started seeing a work colleague from a gym in Wandsworth, south-west London.

Miss Howes said: ‘He was apparently mentally unstable, suffering from depression and mood swings. He frequently spoke of suicide.’

In March 2012 he moved back in with Ms Sessacar, but his mental state continued to deteriorate and in September he took an overdose.

Mr Sessacar spent several days in hospital and after his release drank heavily and took cocaine on a regular basis.

He was sectioned under the mental health act on September 8 after Mrs Sessacar called police for help during a row with a neighbour.

On December 18 he was arrested after he accused Mrs Sessacar of snorting cocaine and pulled her head back by her hair to ‘inspect her nose’, said Miss Howes.

He was released on bail the following day after a community psychiatric nurse found him to be in ‘good health’, but continued to make allegations against his wife.

Miss Howes said: ‘There was no condition to keep away from Rebecca Sessacar and she was prepared to have him back.’

Later that day Mrs Sessacar told her friend that her husband pulled his hand across his throat in a threatening gesture and told her ‘if she didn’t let him back he would hurt her’, said Miss Howes.

An hour before the killing Mr Sessacar texted his mistress: ‘I am going to A&E, need to go back inside, feel down’. 

Mr Sessacar had a previous conviction for grievous bodily harm in 2003 after he threw a glass jar at his boss. He was sentenced to a community punishment order. 

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