Monday 20 November 2017

Murder in Turkey: Two Irish women stabbed to death

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A 17-year-old Turkish waiter has been arrested by police after the murder of two Irish women who were on holiday in the popular resort of Kusadasi.

The youth is believed to be the boyfriend of the 15-year-old daughter of one of the women. Both are from Co Down, but hold Irish passports.

The women are Marion Graham and Kathy Doyle (nee Dinsmore), who were both in their 50s and from Newry.

It is understood the alarm was raised by Mrs Graham's daughter Shannon, (15), after they failed to return home from a trip to Izmir.

Reports today indicated that the 17-year-old man, named locally as Recep C, confessed to killing the women when the mother of the teenage girl denied him permission to marry her.

The bodies of the two women, suffering fatal stab wounds, were found in a forest near Izmir, some 120 kilometres from the resort of Kusadasi where one of the women has a holiday home.

It has been reported in Turkey that the youth confessed to the police that he lured the women to the woods where he attacked them. He later led police to the bodies.

Shannon Graham had been away on a boat trip yesterday and when she returned she could not find her mother. The disappearance was reported to local police who interviewed the youth.

They also retrieved his blood-stained clothes.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed consular staff are giving assistance to the families.

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

A local hotelier from Kusadasi has also travelled to the city to be with the teenage girl.

It is believed one of the women, who owned property in Kusadasi, had spent long spells in the popular resort on the Aegean coast.

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

A 17-year old Irish student was killed in a bomb attack at the popular resort back in 2005.

She was amongst five who died when a bomb ripped apart a tourist minibus.

Two Turkish nationals, and two others, also died, and five British holidaymakers were among the 13 injured, three seriously.

The blast occurred as the bus, which shuttles tourists between hotels and the beach, was passing through the town's square.

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