Thursday 22 March 2018

Teen admits killing girlfriend's mother and friend in Turkey

Shannon (15) and her
boyfriend pose. The
waiter is the only suspect
in the murders of Marion
Graham and Kathy
Doyle, who both had their
throats cut and were
dumped in a wood. Photo: REUTERS
Shannon (15) and her boyfriend pose. The waiter is the only suspect in the murders of Marion Graham and Kathy Doyle, who both had their throats cut and were dumped in a wood. Photo: REUTERS

Shane Hickey and Ed Carty

A TEENAGE waiter has admitted killing two Irish women in Turkey after one of them refused to allow him to marry her 15-year-old daughter.

The bodies of Kathy Doyle (nee Dinsmore) and Marion Graham, both from Newry, Co Down, were found in a forest near the port city of Izmir on the west coast of the country.

A 17-year-old waiter, who had developed a relationship with Ms Graham's daughter Shannon, was arrested and is the only suspect in the attack.

Turkish police are now investigating whether Recep Celik, known as Alex, cut their throats.

The waiter's father and a taxi driver were also arrested. Both of the women, who were in their 50s, had spent their summers together in the holiday region for the last number of years.

Ms Graham's ex-partner, Raymond McGuinness, owned a property in the area.

The best friends had been staying in the town of Kusadasi, some 75 miles south of Izmir, with Ms Graham's daughter Shannon.

It is believed the suspect formed a relationship with the 15-year-old after the girl and her mother visited the restaurant where he worked in Kusadasi.

It is understood there was a confrontation between the two dead women and Mr Celik as he wanted to marry Ms Graham's daughter, which the mother strongly objected to.

On Thursday, Shannon had taken a boat tour off the coast of Kusadasi while her boyfriend brought the two women for a sightseeing tour of Izmir.

They travelled to Izmir by taxi and once inside the city, Mr Celik collected his father's taxi and drove the women to a wooded area in Buca, a suburb of Izmir, where he slashed their throats, according to local police sources.

Mr Celik is said to have left the bodies in the woods and returned to Kusadasi.

The alarm was raised when the waiter, said to have been in a distressed state, arrived for work in the restaurant.

He initially claimed he had suffered a cut to his hand trying to fight off kidnappers who had bundled the two women into a van. They had not been reported missing from their extended holiday at this stage.

However, police later found the women, who had suffered multiple stab wounds, including having their throats cut, in forest near a graveyard to the east of Izmir. Mr Celik was arrested and questioned, and allegedly denied any involvement.


However, bloodstained clothing was reportedly discovered in a bin and, when confronted with the items, he is said to have admitted his involvement.

It is understood Shannon became suspicious after her mother and her friend failed to return home from their trip and raised the alarm.

Among those who called to Ms Graham's home in the Toragh Park area of Newry was her sister Monica Higgins.

She said the large extended family had been left devastated.

"It's awful," she said. "It's absolutely devastating. "

Both of the women, who are from the same area of Newry, travel on Irish passports and last night officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs were offering assistance to the families.

The bodies will not be flown back until post-mortems are completed. In a statement, members of the Dinsmore family spoke of their sorrow.

"John and George Dinsmore are devastated by the tragic death of their beloved sister Kathy Dinsmore while on holiday in Turkey," it said. "The Dinsmore family are grateful for the many condolences that they have received and appeal for privacy during this difficult time."

Irish Independent

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