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Friday 15 December 2017

Irish women were stabbed over 50 times

TWO Irish women murdered in Turkey suffered multiple stab wounds, a court has been told.

The full extent of the frenzied attack on Marion Graham (54) and Cathy Dinsmore (53) has been revealed to a judge.

Their bodies were found in a forest near the Turkish city of Izmir. Ms Graham had been stabbed a total of 17 times, while Ms Dinsmore, received 35 stab wounds.

However, bone marrow tests on the young man accused of their killing have still not been released.

Recep Cetin claims that he is only 17 and shouldn't be treated as a adult before the courts. But prosecutors argue that he is older and have ordered tests to try determine his exact age.

It is alleged that Cetin, who was the boyfriend of Ms Graham's teenage daughter Shannon, killed both Marion, from Newry, and Cathy, from Warrenpoint in Co Down.

At Kusadasi court in Turkey yesterday, Judge Feyzullah Varol read out evidence that both women had suffered horrendous, multiple stab wounds, a number of which would have been fatal on their own.

It is now hoped that the crucial tests will be done in time for Cetin's next court appearance in April. There were no family members in court yesterday.

Cetin has admitted carrying out the stabbings but maintains he was attacked first. He has, however, changed his story, telling the court that on the day of the murders he had travelled from Kusadasi with his father in a car that belonged to one of his uncles.

His father, Eyup Cetin, also remains in custody after his arrest last December when both he and his car were placed at the scene of the crime by a witness.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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