Turkey murders accused admits killings

February 25, 2013

By Christine Keighery

The man accused of murdering two County Down women has told a court in Turkey that he killed them but claimed the women attacked him first.

Best friends Marian Graham, from Newry, and Cathy Dinsmore, from Warrenpoint, were stabbed to death in a forest on the outskirts of the Turkish city of Izmir, in August 2011.

Recep Cetin, 22, and his father Eyup are accused of murdering the women and are being tried in a series of hearings which are being held over a number of months in Izmir. Recep was the boyfriend of Marion Graham’s daughter, Shannon, at the time of the killings.

At the latest hearing, held last Wednesday, Recep Cetin admitted that he had killed the women, but claimed his father was innocent.

In previous court hearings, Recep’s lawyers had not disputed statements that he had confessed to killing the women. Wednesday’s hearing heard a defence lawyer claim that the accused had been attacked first.

Lawyers for the defendants also disputed evidence given in a previous hearing by a secret witness, who testified to seeing the father and son suspects near the scene of the killings.

The court agreed to the prosecution’s request that a survey of the crime scene should be carried out by police and the witness.

The survey will take place before the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for 20 March.

Recep and Eyup Cetin will remain in custody in the meantime.