Ex-partner to bring killed duo home
Published 19/08/2011 | 11:52
The former partner of a woman stabbed to death with her best friend in Turkey has left Ireland to travel to the country.
Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore - both aged 53, from Newry, Co Down and described as inseparable - were found murdered in woods 75 miles north of Kusadasi.
Sources have said the killings happened after Ms Graham refused a waiter's proposal to marry her 15-year-old daughter Shannon.
The two women, who travelled on Irish passports, suffered multiple stab wounds, including having their throats cut, and their bodies were found in forest near a graveyard to the east of the port city of Izmir.
Raymond McGuinness, Ms Graham's ex-partner and the father of Shannon, has flown to Turkey to bring his daughter home, with her mother's body and that of her friend.
He is due to be reunited with his daughter in Izmir later.
It is understood a 17-year-old Turkish waiter, known to the family as Alex, confessed to the killings after concocting a story the women had been kidnapped.
It is thought the teenager has been quizzed by a prosecutor and remains in custody. It is understood the waiter's father and a taxi driver were also arrested, but have been released.
It is believed the waiter had asked Ms Graham for her daughter's hand in marriage but was refused.
The women travelled with him out of Kusadasi on Thursday after Shannon went on a boat trip.