Waiter sentenced to life for murder of two Irish women in Turkey

Waiter sentenced to life for murder of two Irish women in Turkey

A Turkish waiter has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering two Irish tourists on holiday in Kusadasi, Turkey in 2011.

Recep Cetin began a relationship with Marion Graham's teenage daughter Shannon in 2010 and a year later he murdered Marion and her friend Cathy Dinsmore after offering to take the women on a trip to Izmir while Shannon was on a short cruise.

The BBC reports that Cetin stabbed the women to death in a forest on the outskirts of the city.

Shannon, who was 15, raised the alarm when she could not contact her mother.

According to breakingnews.ie, proceedings were delayed when Cetin falsely claimed to be aged 17 to be tried in the juvenile courts where sentences are lighter, but bone marrow tests proved he was aged 22.

Contrary to media reports of Cetin murdering the women after Marion refused to allow him to marry her teenage daughter, Shannon said that he had not asked her to marry him but that her mother decided they would not be visiting Turkey for their next holiday.

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