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Dad murders girl in 'hideous' crime; Daughter died because of 'family honour'.

Byline: John-Paul

AMAN was jailed for life yesterday for the "honour killing" of his 15-year-old daughter - more than a decade after she disappeared.

Psychotic bully Mehmet Goren was told he must serve at least 22 years after being found guilty of murder by an Old Bailey jury.

Tulay Goren was killed in January 1999 after her father discovered her doomed "Romeo and Juliet" romance with a man from a different branch of Islam.

Her body has never been found and yesterday her older sister Nuray Guler called on Goren to end the family's nightmare and reveal what he had done with her remains.

Goren, 49, subjected his family to years of misery, once trying to gas them all to death and on another occasion to inject his wife Hanim with rat poison.

Tulay was desperate for a way out and became besotted with Halil Unal when she met him at the clothes factory where she worked during the school holidays. She told a friend she may have been pregnant.

To her father the affair made her a "worthless commodity" because he could not marry her off for pounds 5,000. The relationship was also unacceptable to him because Mr Unal was a Sunni Muslim while the Gorens followed the Alevi branch of the faith.

On January 7, 1999, the part-time fish and chip shop worker told his eight-year-old son Tuncay to kiss Tulay goodbye as he would not see his sister again.

It was the courage of Tulay's mother, Hanim Goren, in speaking up against her husband that helped bring him to justice more than 10 years later. Goren, of Woodford Green, London, showed no emotion as he was convicted yesterday by a unanimous verdict.

The judge, Mr Justice Bean, said Goren's attempts to appear a 'thoroughly modern and enlightened family man' failed to deceive the jury.

"The reality is that your enigmatic smile conceals a violent and dominating personality," he told the killer.

"Your wife Hanim has finally had the courage to break free of the domination and reveal what she knew of what you did in January 1999."

He said Goren planned the murder of his daughter with "considerable care", even forcing her to write a letter relating a false account of what had happened to her to try to throw police off the scent.

The judge said he was not surprised that what happened had "haunted" Tulay's younger brother Tuncay ever since.

Goren disposed of the schoolgirl's body "with such ingenuity that it has never been found", he added.

"You did all this simply because you regarded it as unacceptable that she, rather than you, should choose the man she wanted to marry.

"The term 'honour killing' is a convenient shorthand, but it is a grotesque distortion of language.

"There is nothing honourable about such a hideous practice or the people who carry it out."

The judge made clear Goren would not be eligible for parole until 2030, when he will be nearly 70.


CLEARED Ali, left, and Cuma Goren leave the Old Bailey after they were both found not guilty of the murder of their niece Tulay. Their brother Mehmet was found guilty of her murder. MURDER VICTIM Tulay Goren.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2009
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