[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Recep Cetin, the 17 year-old Turkish waiter who killed two women from Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland appears in court.
The two women were found stabbed to death by Recep Cetin in a forest, near the city of Izmir, Turkey.
Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 54, were persuaded to take a taxi with the 17-year-old boy on the pretext that he wanted them to meet his father.
Recep Cetin asked the taxi driver to drive off the main road and went into a forest where he reportedly slashed their throats and stabbed them repeatedly.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Marion Graham’s daughter Shannon, 15, who is believed to be Recep Cetin’s girlfirend raised the alarm when the women failed to return.
Initially, during police investigation, the Turkish teenager denied any involvement with their disappearance and he was claiming he had suffered a cut hand trying to fight off kidnappers who had bundled the women in a van.
However, the police investigators found bloodstained clothing dumped in a bin near his home and confronted the teenager who eventually admitted he killed the two women.
Recep Cetin, who uses the name Alex, admitted he took the women in his father’s car to the forest near Buca, on the outskirts of Izmir, and stabbed them.
He appeared in court on Friday evening in a preliminary hearing.
Shannon’s father, Raymond McGuinness, was due to fly to Turkey on Saturday to bring his daughter home with the bodies of her mother and friend.
Raymond McGuinness said:
“He told Shannon that he had tried to stop the kidnappers and he had a cut on his hand and that’s how he suffered it.”
The two murdered women are from Newry in County Down, Northern Ireland, but were travelling on Irish passports, which is not uncommon.
Marion Graham had rented a house in the famous resort of Kusadasi, 60 miles to the south of Izmir and on the Aegean seaside, and she used to spend long time in there every summer.
Her sister, Monica Higgins, said:
“It’s absolutely devastating. We’ve just found out. My mother’s in the car crying her eyes out.
“We’re trying to work with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to find out what exactly happened to her.”
Mrs. Graham’s daughter, Shannon was not with the women when they were attacked being on a boat trip out of Kusadasi for the day.
Shannon has been in a relationship with the Turkish waiter, who had been staying with the group, for 3 years.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]According to some local sources, Recep Cetin had been embarrassed by the attitudes of the British women, who enjoyed late nights and the company of local men. The sources also claimed Marion Graham had married a Kurdish man some time ago, but only four people were living at the house. It was also suggested that Shannon had begun to mix with a bad crowd during this year’s summer trip.
Kathy Dinsmore had been an employee of Newry and Mourne District Council. She also worked in a local cab firm up until last Christmas.
The two women had been regular visitors to Kusadasi for years, staying in an apartment owned by Raymond McGuinness.
Police is investigating now claims that the Shannon’s mother had refused to allow the young couple to marry, according to Turkish news agency Anatolia.
Waiter’s father and the taxi driver have been also arrested.
An Irish Embassy official was dispatched to support Shannon until her father arrival. She was comforted on Friday by a Kusadasi-based Irish hotelier at the police station in Izmir.
Recep Cetin family’s members have made uncorroborated claims that he has been beaten, subjected to electric shocks and had his fingernails removed by the police.
The Turkish police didn’t make any comment on the incident until now.