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Saturday 23 September 2017

Killer waiter should die in prison, say his family

ASHAMED: Double murder of Irish tourists ruined our lives -- uncle

A TURKISH waiter killed his Irish girlfriend's mum and her friend because he feared the mother was trying to end his relationship with her daughter, his family believe.

The family of Recep Cetin, who is charged with the murders of Marion Graham (54) and Kathy Dinsmore (53), have said they never want to see him again.

An uncle of the accused, who is currently awaiting trial, said: "His actions have ruined our lives. We are ashamed of him and never want to see him again. If he was to die in prison it would make no difference to us."

Cetin, who was in a relationship with Ms Graham's 15-year-old daughter Shannon, has admitted the killings. His father Eyup is also in custody after a mystery witness came forward to place him and his car at the murder scene.

A judge dramatically ordered his arrest in court last week saying he did not believe Recep carried out the killings alone.

A bone marrow test has been ordered to establish Recep's exact age as he claims to be 17 and is being tried as a juvenile. The families of the victims believe he is in his early 20s. The confusion arises as in many parts of Turkey births are registered late or sometimes not at all.

The Cetin family says that he is no more than six months older than the date on his birth certificate. Recep's uncle Necmettin Cetin agreed he looked older than his age but explained that he went to the gym a lot and was of a big build. "He is as strong as three men," he said.

Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore were best friends from Newry and were on holiday in the popular Kusadasi tourist region when they were killed in August last year.

Both women were stabbed multiple times in a remote forest near the city of Izmir.

Recep's uncles Necmettin and Necati Cetin have now apologised to the Graham and Dinsmore families for Recep's actions.

They think he may have killed them because he believed Ms Graham was trying to put an end to the relationship.

The two men said they were hopeful their brother would soon be released as he had nothing to do with the murders.

Necmettin said that the two families got along well until the Cetins became disturbed at the intensity of the relationship between the pair.

He claimed that on more than one occasion he pleaded with Marion Graham to take Shannon back to Ireland.

Mr Cetin recalled the events on the day of the murder. He said he heard of the killings in a telephone call from a friend.

He went to the police station and saw Shannon and Recep sitting together in the waiting room.

He said Recep told him their car had been stopped by a minibus blocking the road.

"He said men from the van jumped out and as he tried to stop them, they cut his hands with knives and they kidnapped the two women and drove away in the van."

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