herald

Thursday 18 January 2018

Turkish waiter (17) in court over slitting throats of Irish girlfriend's mum and pal after wedding row

A 17-year-old Turkish waiter has appeared in court over the murder of his Irish girlfriend's mum and her friend in Turkey.

Mum Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore (both 53) received multiple stab wounds and had their throats cut.

Their bodies were found in a forest near the port city of Izmir on Turkey's west coast.

Recep Celik -- the boyfriend of Ms Graham's daughter Shannon (15) -- is believed to have admitted killing them after being refused permission to marry the girl.

He has appeared at a preliminary hearing and charges were expected to follow today.

The waiter's father and a taxi driver were also arrested.

The two victims, who travelled on Irish passports and were from Newry in Co Down, had been holidaying in Turkey for several years.

Ms Graham's ex-partner, Raymond McGuinness, owned a property in the country.

Mr McGuinness, who is Shannon's father, flew to Turkey to bring his daughter home with her mother's body and that of her friend.

He has revealed he was never fully in favour of the relationship between Celik and his daughter.

Celik, known to the family as Alex, is the only suspect in the killings.



slashed

Ms Dinsmore, Ms Graham and 15-year-old Shannon had been staying in the town of Kusadasi, about 75 miles south of Izmir.

The youngster began dating Celik after she and her mother visited the restaurant where he worked in Kusadasi.

However, matters came to a head when he told the two older women he wanted to marry Shannon.

Last Thursday, the 15-year-old had taken a boat tour off the coast of Kusadasi while Celik brought Ms Dinsmore and Ms Graham on a sightseeing tour of Izmir.

When in Izmir, the teenager collected his father's taxi and drove the women to a wooded area in Buca, a suburb of Izmir.

There, he is believed to have slashed their throats and left the bodies in the woods. However, when he arrived at the restaurant for work in a distressed state, he concocted a story about the women being kidnapped.

He claimed he had suffered an injury to his hand trying to fight off the kidnappers who had bundled the two women into a van.

Police later found the bodies of the women in forest near a graveyard to the east of Izmir.

Celik was arrested and questioned. After initially denying involvement, he is believed to have admitted to the killings.

His confession came after bloodstained clothing was discovered in a bin.

Mr McGuinness has told reporters he was never fully in favour of the relationship since the two teens began going out last summer.

"There was always something that was not quite right," he said.

He added: "[Celik] 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."

Marion's sister, Monica Higgins, said the murders were "absolutely devastating".

"We've just found out. My mother's in the car crying her eyes out," she said.

"We're trying to work with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to find out what exactly happened to her."

Shannon was comforted through the day by a Kusadasi-based Irish hotelier at a police station in Izmir while an Irish Embassy official was also dispatched from Ankara to support the teenager.

Ms Dinsmore had been an employee of Newry and Mourne District Council. She also worked in a local cab firm up until last Christmas.

Her mother died just four weeks ago.



devastated

The two women had been regular visitors to Kusadasi for years, staying in an apartment owned by Mr McGuinness.

In a statement, members of the Dinsmore family spoke of their sorrow.

"John and George Dinsmore are devastated by the tragic death of their beloved sister Kathy Dinsmore while on holiday in Turkey," they said.

"The Dinsmore family are grateful for the many condolences that they have received and appeal for privacy during this difficult time."

hnews@herald.ie

Related Content


Promoted articles

Entertainment News