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SLAUGHTERED FOR HER DAUGHTER; HORROR IN A TURKISH FOREST Waiter confessed to killing mum and friend, say police.

Byline: Eavan Murray

A TEENAGE waiter has confessed to butchering a mum after she refused to let him marry her 15-yearold daughter, police said yesterday.

The bodies of Marion Graham and her friend Kathy Dinsmore were found in a forest near Izmir, Turkey, with their throats cut.

It is claimed that waiter Recep Cepis was furious after Marion, 54, said he could not marry Shannon, 15, and return home to Newry, County Down, with her.

He lured her and Kathy, also 54, to his father's house in the city of Izmir on the pretext of a shopping trip.

But he took them instead to the forest in his father's car and stabbed them to death. The alarm was raised by Shannon when the pair failed to return to their holiday villa in the resort of Kusadasi.

Locals said yesterday that Shannon, whose mum spent her summers in Turkey, had been in a relationship with Recep for two years and he had repeatedly asked her to marry him. He is believed to have been staying with Shannon and the two women in their villa.

Cepis blamed Marion and Kathy's opposition to the marriage for Shannon's refusal and is alleged to have hatched his deadly plan after being turned down once again.

After the two women were reported missing, Turkish police questioned Cepis, who initially denied any part in their disappearance.

But sources say after he was confronted with blood-stained clothing found in a bin, he admitted killing them.

Relatives of Cepis said he was angry that the two women would drink alcohol and meet Turkish men.

However, a source claimed Marion was trying to protect Shannon, a pupil at St Mary's High School, from Cepis. Both women are said to have objected to the the way he treated her.

One neighbour in the villa development said: "There was a lot of fighting in the house, a lot of shouting. He seemed quite volatile. " One of Marion's neighbours in Newry, Brian Hyland, said last night: "Marion was a lovely pleasant woman and this is just horrendous news.

"She seemed like a real gentle soul who kept to herself mostly.

"Everyone around here is totally shocked to hear what happened."

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BUTCHERED J Marion Graham, right, and her friend Kathy Dinsmore, left. The pair's throats were cut by their killer. Above, the police operation at the scene where the bodies were found, in a forest outside the Turkish city of Izmir. ROMANCE Z Shannon Graham with Recep Cepis
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