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Sunday 17 December 2017

Turkey murders: Victims' bodies due home to Newry today

The bodies of two Northern Ireland women murdered in Turkey are expected home.

Arrangements were in place to bring home the remains of Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, killed while on extended holiday in Kusadasi.

The ex-boyfriend of Mrs Graham's daughter Shannon Graham, local waiter Recep Cetin, who is the prime suspect in the double murder, may be held in prison until the end of Ramadan after a prosecutor was appointed to oversee charges.

It is likely the suspect, whose true age is not known, will be held in custody for at least another week as the Islamic holy month ends on August 30.

The women's bodies are expected to be repatriated to Northern Ireland after private arrangements were finalised with funeral directors in Turkey.

Shannon and her mother's former partner Raymond McGuinness, have already returned home.

The two women, both aged 53 and from Newry, Co Down, were murdered in woods 75 miles north of the holiday resort of Kusadasi last Thursday.

A private company will organise flights out of Turkey and transport to the family homes.

Press Association

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