Stab victim's daughter to come home
The teenage daughter of an Irish woman who was murdered with her best friend on holiday in Turkey is expected back home in Northern Ireland.
Shannon Graham is to arrive in Belfast on Monday evening with her father Raymond McGuinness and brother David as police continue to try to establish the true age of the prime suspect.
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 53 and from Newry, were found murdered in woods 75 miles north of the holiday resort of Kusadasi. Prayers for the victims were said in churches in the Turkish region and in Northern Ireland on Sunday.
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.
While no formal charges have yet been brought against Cetin, police sources claim he has already confessed to the murders. It is believed he admitted to the brutal killings under interrogation, after first concocting a story the women had been kidnapped.
Mr McGuinness, Ms Graham's ex-partner, has been in Turkey since Saturday with Ms Graham's son David. Ms Dinsmore's niece and nephew Ruby and Robert flew in on Sunday.
Ireland's Ambassador to Turkey Tom Russell will be in Izmir, where Cetin is being questioned, on Tuesday and will act as liaison for the families. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin said repatriation is not expected until Wednesday at the earliest.