A Turkish waiter told a court yesterday he had murdered two Irish women and that he was guilty of the crime. Recep Cetin (22) admitted the charges of murdering Irish nationals Marian Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 53 and from Newry, Co Down, at the Fifth High Criminal Court in Izmir, Turkey.
Cetin, who had been the boyfriend of Marian’s then 15-year-old daughter Shannon, claimed he was suffering from depression because of media coverage of the case.
He called on the court to remove reporters from the courtroom. “I have read reports claiming I cut off the victims’ heads. I murdered them, that is true. But the media has reported false allegations,” he said.
Cetin complained he was being treated like “a Christian, an atheist or communist” in the trial. “I am a Muslim,” he said.
But he added dramatically: “I am guilty and my guilt is a sufficient punishment for me.”
I’m going to go ahead and suggest that being set on fire and then thrown to rabid wolverines would be sufficient punishment.
He is alleged to have driven Mrs Graham and her friend Kathy Dinsmore, 54, to a forest near Izmir and killed them. Mrs Graham was stabbed in her heart and Mrs Dinsmore had her throat cut.
Reports claim Cetin told police he had pleaded with Marion one last time in the woods to let Shannon stay in Kusadasi and marry him. But she refused, claiming Shannon was too young, and was supported by her friend Kathy.
Shannon Graham’s father Raymond McGuinness, who flew to Turkey from his home in Northern Ireland to comfort his daughter, suggested Cetin was determined to marry Shannon in part because he was “keen to get hold” of a holiday apartment which Mr McGuinness owned in Kusadasi, close to the one where the women were living.
Shannon’s father, Raymond McGuinness, said her mother was terrified Celik was abusing her. Shannon’s father said the boy harboured a “dark side” and was prone to bouts of jealousy, especially if his girlfriend attracted the attention of other Turkish men.
Cetin told police that he had tried to plead with Ms Graham one last time in the woods to let Shannon stay in Kusadasi and marry him. But she refused claiming Shannon was too young and her friend backed her up. They were then murdered, dying of multiple stab wounds.
After he kicked Shannon during an altercation, Miss Graham ‘went ballistic’ and told him never to lay a finger on her daughter again.
The waiter apparently responded by threatening to kill Miss Graham if she came between him and Shannon.
Considering the astronomically high murder rate of women in Turkey, female tourists who go to Turkey are endangering their lives.