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MP calls for killer's deportation
Gill Montgomery
Mrs Montgomery was stabbed when she disturbed a burglar
A Sussex MP has called on the Home Secretary to deport a convicted murderer who has been freed after serving only 12 months of a 36-year sentence.

Michael Foster, the Labour MP for Hastings and Rye, spoke out after it was found that Hakan Yagiz, who fled to Turkey after stabbing a woman to death in Hastings, had returned to live in the town.

Mr Foster, who is also a lawyer, has asked Home Secretary David Blunkett to step in and deport Yagiz from the country.

Yagiz, who has dual Turkish and British nationality, was sentenced to 36 years hard labour after he was convicted in Turkey of killing charity worker Gill Montgomery in 1995.

But he was released in 2000 after serving just 12 months of his sentence.

Michael Foster, Labour MP for Hastings and Rye
Mr Foster has questioned the Home Secretary

Mr Foster said: "I have asked the Home Secretary to look into the circumstances of his release.

"There is obviously a lot of local feeling that a chap imprisoned for that long is back in town.There is obviously something odd in that.

"I imagine there are some sort of conditions of bail. I am trying to find out."

The Home Office has described his early release as "completely unacceptable" and is seeking "urgent clarification" from the Turkish authorities.

'Completely unacceptable'

Mrs Montgomery, a 53-year-old divorcee, was stabbed after disturbing a burglar at her home in Cloudesley Road.

Extradition attempts failed and Yagiz was eventually tried for her murder in Turkey in 1999.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said the force had not been told Yagiz was coming back to Hastings.

"We found out by chance when police officers were called to an incident and came across him," she said.

"We are monitoring the situation very carefully. We are aware of the public feeling on this one which is quite understandable.

"The family are still in the Hastings area and of course they are very disturbed that this man has come back."

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