Tuesday 25 October 2016

Two brothers arrested in Turkey for brutal murder of Irish musical director

John Donnelly was stabbed to death in June when he was holidaying in the area

Published 20/09/2016 | 14:56

Irishman John Edward Donnelly (inset) found dead in suspicious circumstances in Turkey holiday resort
Irishman John Edward Donnelly (inset) found dead in suspicious circumstances in Turkey holiday resort

Two brothers have been detained in custody in Turkey for the murder of Irish theatre director John Donnelly.

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Mr Donnelly (64) was found dead in an apartment he was renting on June 3 after police were alerted to a bloodied knife outside the building.

Brothers Mehmet Irmak (28) and Sinan Irmak (20) have been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of the Dublin man according to Turkish media.

News organisation Hurriyet reported that two other men were released without charge by the prosecutor’s office following questioning.

No date for a court appearance has yet been announced but the trial is expected to be a lengthy process according to Voices newspaper, an English-language media organisation located in Turkey.

Mr Donnelly was a bachelor who lived most of his life in Dublin.

Stabbing victim John Donnelly
Stabbing victim John Donnelly

He had close associations with Wexford Light Opera and many other musical societies.

The 64-year-old was reportedly found lying naked on the floor of his apartment on the morning following the attack, having died from a single stab wound.

Back in June, police in Bodrum were quoted as saying they had hoped to make arrests following the release of CCTV images which showed two men leaving the apartment building on the night Mr Donnelly was murdered.

The police also said Mr Donnelly's apartment had been ransacked and robbery was a possible motive.

Mr Donnelly had travelled to Turkey on holiday shortly after producing hit Wexford Light Opera Society musical ‘Evita’.

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