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Sunday 22 April 2018

'Naive' waiter says he killed Irish women for love

Murder accused Recep Cetin with Shannon Graham
Murder accused Recep Cetin with Shannon Graham
Marion Graham
Cathy Dinsmore

John Balson

A TURKISH waiter who killed two Irish women has said he did it for 'love'.

Recep Cetin has already admitted killing Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore, in 2011, as they holidayed in Turkey.

The 22-year-old, who had been dating Ms Graham's daughter, Shannon, told a court in Izmir, west Turkey, yesterday he was 'full of regret'.

"I was young and naive. I was in love," he said.

"I did not plan this in advance as the prosecution claims. I committed the murders under severe provocation. I did it, so I would not lose my girlfriend.

"I only ask for a fair trial and hope God will forgive me."

Ms Graham and her friend Ms Dinsmore were said to have tried to warn Recep Cetin away from Shannon, who was 15 at the time.

The bodies of the women, both 53, were found in woods on the outskirts of Izmir in west Turkey in 2011. Both had suffered multiple stab wounds.

At Izmir Bayrakli Fifth High Criminal Court yesterday prosecutors asked for Recep Cetin and his father Eyup, who is also accused of murder, to be given life sentences in solitary confinement.

Judges also ruled against conducting another mental health assessment on Recep Cetin, which had been requested by his defence at the last hearing.

Recep's father has claimed his innocence. The 43-year-old repeated earlier claims that secret witness evidence placing him at the crime scene was contradictory.

He added: "I am innocent, but I have been in prison for two years. My command of Turkish is poor, so I can't defend myself adequately.

"I accept any sentence the court will give, if there is any evidence showing my involvement in this incident."

Relatives of the victims did not attend the hearing.

The trial was adjourned to October 2, when a verdict is expected.

Irish Independent

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