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Women stabbed over 50 times, Turkish court told

THE two Irish women killed in Turkey last August had been stabbed over 50 times, a court heard yesterday.

Marion Graham (54), from Newry, and Cathy Dinsmore (53), from Warrenpoint in Co Down, were both killed in an attack by local man Recep Cetin, the boyfriend of Ms Graham's teenage daughter Shannon.

At Kusadasi Court in Turkey yesterday, Judge Feyzullah Varol read out evidence that both women had suffered horrendous, multiple stab wounds, a number of which would have been fatal on their own.

It was also revealed that crucial bone marrow tests on the accused -- required in order to prove his age and decide whether he should face trial in an adult or juvenile court -- have still not been released.

His victims, both from Co Down, were found with stab wounds in a forest near the Turkish city of Izmir.

Yesterday, Judge Varol said that Ms Graham had been stabbed a total of 17 times, with five of those wounds having been severe enough to cause death in their own right.

Her friend, Ms Dinsmore, received 35 stab wounds with six classified as being fatal.

Mr Cetin maintains that he is only 17 and crucial bone marrow evidence to confirm his age has still to be released. It is hoped this will be done by his next court appearance in April.

Baris Kaska, the lawyer representing the Graham family, asked for a reconstruction of the incident in court in order to establish exactly how he killed the two women.

Mr Cetin has admitted carrying out the stabbings but maintains he was attacked first.

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