Recep Cetin guilty of murdering Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore in Turkey as father is acquitted
A Turkish waiter has been found guilty of murdering two Irishwomen on holiday two years ago, it was reported today.
Recep Cetin was convicted of stabbing Marion Graham, 54, and her 53-year-old friend Cathy Dinsmore in August 2011. The women were found buried in shallow graves in woods 75 miles outside the popular holiday resort of Kusadasi with multiple knife wounds.
Cetin's father Eyup, a taxi driver, was acquitted of the double murder.
Recep Cetin, a former boyfriend of Ms Graham's teenage daughter Shannon has been sentenced to life imprisonment, according to the BBC.
He had admitted admitted stabbing the victims but denied murder.
Ms Graham, from Newry and Ms Dinsmore, from Warrenpoint in Co Down, were close friends and had been on an extended holiday in Turkey when they were killed.
It is claimed they were murdered after Ms Graham refused to allow Recep Cetin - known to the family as Alex - marry her teenage daughter.
Relatives of both women including Shannon, who was aged 15 when her mother was killed, flew out to Turkey for the court hearing which had been adjourned from last month.
A verdict and sentence was previously delayed because two of the judges on the panel were temporary and could not make a ruling on the case.
Proceedings were also held up because Recep Cetin falsely claimed to be aged 17 in an apparent attempt to be tried in the juvenile courts where sentences are lighter.
But, bone marrow tests confirmed that the waiter was aged 22.
Cetin had consistently denied his father's alleged involvement in the killings.
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, said the guilty verdict was vindication for the Graham and Dinsmore families.
"The brutal and shocking murder of two innocent and much loved women in Turkey during the summer of 2001 sent shock waves through every home," she said.
"Today’s guilty verdict is vindication for the families of Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore who have conducted a very dignified campaign for justice.
"I hope that the families will receive some sense of closure following the decision of the Turkish Court, although nothing will ever truly remove the trauma they have had to live through.
"I had the privilege of assisting the Dinsmore family from Mayobridge on a number of occasions and was struck by their dignity and determination to see that justice was done. Both the Graham and Dinsmore families have shown great strength and persistence in pursuing justice for their loved ones. Nothing will ever bring them back but hopefully today’s verdict can restore some sense of normal day living for the families."
She added: "I want to pay tribute to the Department for Foreign Affairs both in Dublin and Turkey for supporting the families and to the Turkish authorities for the manner in which they have conducted themselves. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Graham and Dinsmore families."
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