A Turkish waiter told a court yesterday he had murdered two Irish women and that he was guilty of the crime.
Recep Cetin (22) admitted the charges of murdering Irish nationals Marian Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 53 and from Newry, Co Down, at the Fifth High Criminal Court in Izmir, Turkey.
Cetin, who had been the boyfriend of Marian's then 15-year-old daughter Shannon, claimed he was suffering from depression because of media coverage of the case.
He called on the court to remove reporters from the courtroom. "I have read reports claiming I cut off the victims' heads. I murdered them, that is true. But the media has reported false allegations," he said.
Despite his admission of having killed the women, Cetin defended his father, Eyup Cetin, and denied he had any involvement in the double murder. "Why is my father in prison? My father is innocent, yet he has been in prison for one-and-a-half years. Camera records show my father was not at the scene at the time of the incident," he claimed.
Cetin complained he was being treated like "a Christian, an atheist or communist" in the trial. "I am a Muslim," he said.
But he added dramatically: "I am guilty and my guilt is a sufficient punishment for me."
Eyup Cetin told the court he was the victim of a conspiracy.
"I told reporters I have nothing to do with this incident. I am innocent, yet I am kept in prison."
The two women's bodies were found in woodland near their holiday resort, in Kusadasi, Turkey. Victim Ms Graham and her teenage daughter Shannon regularly travelled on Irish passports to Turkey.
The family spent their summers in the Turkish resort, travelling back to Ireland during winter. In August 2011, Cetin is said to have put pressure on teenaged Shannon to marry him. Neighbours reported hearing the couple shouting late into the night.
Ms Graham is thought to have sought help from her friend, Ms Dinsmore. Together they hoped to convince Cetin to stop attempting to marry Shannon. They got into a car with Cetin who said he would take them on a shopping trip. Prosecutors allege he drove them to woodlands, stabbed Ms Graham in the chest and cut Ms Dinsmore's throat.