County Down: Two Irish Women Stabbed To Death In Turkey

19 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:

TWO Irish women are believed to have been brutally slain by a 17-year-old in a Turkish forest because one of them would not let him marry her 15-year-old daughter.

Marion Graham and her friend Kathy Dinsmore, both 54, went missing on Thursday.

The bodies of the two women, both of whom had addresses in Newry and were travelling on Irish passports, were discovered in woods just outside Izmir yesterday. They had been repeatedly stabbed.

Shannon Graham’s 17-year-old boyfriend Recep Celik was arrested and, after initially denying the killing, is understood to have confessed.

It is believed Shannon had been on a boat trip, while her boyfriend took the two women on a shopping trip.

He hired a taxi which took them from Kusadasi — the resort where Marion Graham lived for long periods of the year and where Celik worked as a waiter — to Izmir.

There, he allegedly collected his father’s taxi and took them to the forest and attacked them with a knife.

The two women suffered multiple stab wounds, including having their throats cut.

The alarm was raised on Thursday night when the waiter, said to have been in a distressed state, arrived for work in a Kusadasi restaurant.

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

According to Turkish state news agency Anatolia, police also detained the teenager’s father and the taxi driver from Kusadasi.

Various motives were being cited for the murders in the Turkish media. Initially, it was suggested that the two women had objected to the way Shannon was treated by her boyfriend.

Then, it became more widely speculated it was because Marion Graham had denied the couple permission to marry. It is believed Celik had an argument with Marion Graham a week before the killings.

Yesterday, Shannon was being comforted throughout 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.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs here confirmed that consular staff are trying to track down family members.

“We are providing consular assistance through the embassy in Ankara,” the spokesman said.

Raymond McGuinness, the girl’s father and Ms Graham’s ex-partner, is flying to Turkey today to bring his daughter home, along with her mother’s body and that of her friend.

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

It is a popular holiday resort, especially for visitors from western Europe, and more notably Britain and Ireland.

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A teenager has been brought before a court in Turkey in connection with the murders of two Irish women in the west of the country.

Marion Graham & Kathy Dinsmore - Bodies found in a forest on Thursday night

Marion Graham & Kathy Dinsmore – Bodies found in a forest on Thursday night.
The father of 15-year-old Shannon Graham, whose mother and friend were stabbed to death in Turkey has left Ireland for the port of Izmir.

Raymond McGuinness is expected to arrive later this afternoon at Izmir International Airport before being taken south to the coastal resort of Kusadasi to be reunited with his daughter.

The 17-year-old waiter accused of the double killing is currently being detained at Izmir prison, following a preliminary court hearing last night.

He could be charged later today but it is unclear if he will be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

The teenager, his father and a taxi driver are being questioned by police.

The bodies of Kathy Dinsmore and Marion Graham were found in a forest near the city of Izmir on Thursday night.

They died from stab wounds.

They were both from Newry in Co Down and in their 50s.

It has been reported that the teenager had been refused permission by Mrs Graham to marry her daughter.

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A 17-year-old Turkish youth has been arrested after two women from Northern ireland were stabbed to death while on holiday in western Turkey.

Police investigating double murder in Izmir

Police investigating double murder in Izmir

Bodies found in a forest

Bodies found in a forest

A 17-year-old Turkish youth has been arrested

A 17-year-old Turkish youth has been arrested

The area is visited by thousands of Irish and British holidaymakers every summer

The area is visited by thousands of Irish and British holidaymakers every summer

Two women from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death while on holiday in western Turkey.

The bodies of the women, who were in their 50s and travelling on Irish passports, were found in a forest in Izmir on the west coast.

The 15-year-old daughter of one of the women is understood to be in Turkey, but was not present at the time of the attack.

It is believed one of the women owns a property in Kusadasi and had spent long spells in the popular resort on the Aegean coast.

A 17-year-old Turkish youth has been arrested over the attack. Local reports suggest he may be the boyfriend of the daughter of one of the women.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said a diplomatic representative is travelling from the Irish Embassy in Ankara to the scene to provide consular assistance.

An Irish diplomat has been dispatched from Ankara to Izmir to liaise with Turkish police.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said she was shocked by the deaths and offered her sympathy to the bereaved families.

‘I think all the people of South Down will be saddened by this news.’

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Two women from Northern Ireland have been stabbed to death in Turkey.

The women, described as being middle aged and from County Down, have not been named.

A 17-year-old Turkish man has been arrested over their deaths. Local media reports suggested one possible line of investigation was focusing on claims that the girl’s mother had refused to allow the young couple to marry.

He is understood to be the boyfriend of the daughter of one of the two women.

The women were found in a forest just outside Izmir on Thursday night, the city which the two women were visiting at the time. It is believed one of them owns a property in the Kusadasi resort, about 75 miles away.

Both were travelling on Irish passports.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed consular staff were trying to track down family members.

He said: “We are providing consular assistance through the embassy in Ankara.”

A local hotelier from Kusadasi has also travelled to the city to be with the daughter of one of the dead women. She was not believed to have been with them when they were attacked.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said she was shocked by the deaths and offered her sympathy to the bereaved families.

“My thoughts are with those involved in this terrible incident,” she said.

“And also with their families, who never got the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.

“I think all the people of South Down will be saddened by this news.”

NEWS UPDATE:

Two Irish women have been stabbed to death in Turkey after one of them intervened in plans by her 15-year-old daughter to marry a 17-year-old Turkish boy.

The middle-aged women, from Co Down, were murdered late last night in the city of Izmir, about 120km from the resort of Kusadasi.

A 17-year-old Turkish youth, understood to be the boyfriend of a daughter of one of the women, has been arrested.

It is believed he has confessed to the attack and is expected to appear before the courts in Turkey as early as this evening. He was arrested in the company of his father, a local taxi driver.

Irish diplomats are liaising with relatives of the two murdered women.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed consular staff were trying to track down family members.

“We are providing consular assistance through the embassy in Ankara,” the spokesman said.

The two women were travelling on Irish passports.

They have been named as Kathy Dinsmore and Marion Graham, who were in their 50s and are both believed to be from the Newry area.

The Irish Times  understands Ms Graham’s family has a property in Kusadasi. She was staying there with her 15-year-old daughter and her friend Ms Dinsmore.

According to well placed sources, the two women were trying to frustrate a plan by Ms Graham’s daughter to marry a 17-year-old Turkish waiter she had met while in Turkey.

It is unclear if that relationship between the 17-year-old boy and Ms Graham’s daughter had only begun in recent weeks or dated back to previous visits to Turkey.

It appears the women’s efforts to prevent the marriage was the motive for their murders.

They had travelled into Izmir, where they were attacked. The women were found murdered in a forest just outside Izmir having been stabbed to death.

A local hotelier from Kusadasi then travelled to the city to be with Ms Graham’s daughter. It is understood the girl is now in the care of Irish diplomatic staff at the Irish embassy in Ankara.

The girl was with her mother and Ms Dinsmore in Turkey and has no other family in the country. Relatives are currently travelling from the North to Turkey.

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