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Friday 23 February 2018

Turkey murder trial: Shannon Graham (16) tells court her ex boyfriend and mum were friends

Shannon Graham in Turkey with Recep Cetin who is accused of murdering her mother and her friend
Shannon Graham in Turkey with Recep Cetin who is accused of murdering her mother and her friend
The victims: Marion Graham (left) and her friend Kathy Dinsmore reporters

IRISH teenager Shannon Graham told a court in Turkey today that she never witnessed any violence between her ex boyfriend and her mother whom he is accused of murdering.

The Newry, Co Down schoolgirl denied that Recep Cetin had proposed to her and said he got on well with her mother.

Recep Cetin, who was believed to be 17, but has now been confirmed as aged 22, and his father Eyup are charged with the murders of Marion Graham (54) and her friend Kathy Dismore (53) in Turkey last August.

Recep Cetin did not appear in court today due to a mix-up at the prison where he is being held and the case was adjourned to September 14, it was reported.

Shannon Graham returned to Turkey for the trial with her brother David, according to RTE News.

Speaking through a translator, Shannon Graham told the court there was no violence between her mother and Recep Cetin, and that they were good friends, the BBC reported.

She said that she and Recep had never thought about getting married, and that he had wanted her to live in Turkey but she was not happy with that.

Miss Graham also said her mother had decided that for their next holiday they would not go to Turkey.

Ms Graham and Ms Dismore from Co Down, were stabbed to death in a secluded forest on the outskirts of Izmir last August.

At Kusadasi Court in Turkey in February this year, 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.

The women were found with stab wounds in a forest near the Turkish city of Izmir.

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

He had been in a relationship with Shannon for a year. Cetin, a waiter, was known to the family as Alex.

When Shannon went on a boating trip with friends, Ms Graham and Ms Dinsmore went shopping with Recep Cetin to Izmir, 100km away.

When the women's bodies were discovered, Recep Cetin quickly became the prime suspect. His father Eyup was later arrested.

Kathy Dinsmore’s brother George and her nephew Robert are also attending the trial in Turkey.

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