Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Stab woman's daughter arrives home

Shannon Graham (centre) the teenage daughter of a woman murdered with her best friend on holiday in Turkey
Shannon Graham (centre) the teenage daughter of a woman murdered with her best friend on holiday in Turkey
Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore were murdered on holiday in Turkey

The teenage daughter of a woman murdered with her best friend on holiday in Turkey has arrived home in Northern Ireland.

Shannon Graham landed in Belfast on a flight from London Heathrow with her father Raymond McGuinness and brother David as police continue to try to establish the true age of the prime suspect.

They appealed for privacy as they walked from Belfast International Airport to a waiting car.

Turkish waiter Recep Cetin, who had been in a relationship with Shannon, was arrested over the killing of Co Down women Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, who were travelling on Irish passports.

He has claimed he is 17 but prosecutors have raised doubts and if older he would be treated as an adult if charged with the double murder.

It could be Wednesday before arrangements are finalised to repatriate the two women's bodies.

A niece and nephew of Ms Dinsmore's are expected to remain in Turkey for another day.

Uncertainty over the exact age of Cetin, known to the family as Alex, could have major implications on a potential punishment and if found guilty he could face a much stiffer sentence.

The two women, both aged 53 and from Newry, were found murdered in woods 75 miles north of the holiday resort of Kusadasi.

Sources have said the killings happened after Ms Graham refused the waiter's proposal to marry her daughter. The two women suffered multiple stab wounds, including having their throats cut, and their bodies were discovered in a forest near a graveyard to the east of the port city of Izmir.

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