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YOU WANT MARRIED?; EXCLUSIVE: TURK PROPOSES AS HE IS LED AWAY TO CELL; Barman faces 5 yrs' jail over runaway Rachel, 14.


BESOTTED Rachel Lloyd accepted a marriage proposal from her Turkish lover last night minutes before he was led to the cells to be charged with under-age sex.

As the runaway 14-year-old wept in despair, beach barman Mehmet Ocack - who already has a wife - asked her: "You like life in Turkey? You want married?"

Clasping his hands, Rachel gazed into his eyes and replied: "Yeah."

"OK," replied Ocack and was then led to a waiting police car.

Watching him leave, Rachel wailed to a woman police officer holding her arm: "I love him, I love him." She said later: "I want to marry him."

The youngster, who falsely claimed she and Ocack were already married following an engagement party, is now being cared for by Turkish social services.

Rachel is expected to fly home in a few days. She boasts she is pregnant with her lover's child,

Womanising Ocack, 24 - known to Rachel as Steve - reportedly declared: "I thought she was 24."

He could be jailed for five years. The Turkish age of consent is 15.

Rachel was tracked to Ocack's home town of Gazi Antep, in eastern Turkey, after the Mirror exclusively told how she fled Britain on a forged passport to return to her lover's arms.

As Ocack was arrested Rachel's father Bob, 42, touched down at Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines jet with daughter Beckie, 16.

After learning in a frantic phone call that Rachel was safe and well, he said: "I can't believe it.

"When we left Britain this morning we were flying blind to a land of three-quarters of a million square miles and 60million people. When we land, I find my daughter is safe.

"I can't thank the Daily Mirror, the Turkish authorities and the police at home enough. This is my dream come true.

"Your paper's coverage led to people ringing in with a possible location for Rachel. To the Mirror and its readers, from my whole family, a very big thank you."

Bob said there was not going to be an immediate reunion with his wayward daughter.

He said: "It depends how things go. Who knows what the future holds? But Rachel has to understand that for now her home is in England. We say so, and so does the law."

Grinning in delight, Beckie said: "I feel tingly. I just want to hug Rachel here and now."

But back in Wrexham, North Wales, Rachel's divorced mother Karen, 40, said: "I don't know whether to hug her or shout at her. I'm only glad she's safe and well. Rachel is besotted with Mehmet and doesn't listen to anyone else. When I spoke to her on the phone I asked her if she was married, and she said yes. I said `Why didn't you come home on Tuesday?' which was the day planned for her return.

"She said `I've got no intention of coming home. I'm staying here. I love Steve.' We're talking to social services to get some help for her because she's so mixed up. She needs help, I need help, we all need help."

Police swooped on Ocack yesterday after Mirror revelations about Rachel's dramatic disappearance spurred authorities.

British consulate official Dominic Clissold, said: "Rachel is fine. She's being looked after by social services. Ocack has been detained by police."

As Ocack - known as Naughty Boy for his serial romances - stared at a jail term, Turkish lawyer Arif Hickmet Arslan, said: "There is no argument of consent in being with a girl that young."

Ocack had told Rachel he was already married but, because of his religion, could have four wives.

Yesterday, officials insisted any marriage that he planned with Rachel would not have been legally recognised because a bride must be 16 and have her parents' permission.

They added that in Turkey Muslim men were only allowed to have one wife, unlike Arab countries.

However in Ocack's home area near Syria and Iraq men sometimes take additional wives, even though it is illegal.

Ocack's boss denied the barman, who has had flings with a stream of women, already had a wife.

Kamil Goztinar, 33 - owner of Andy's Bar at Marmaris - said: "I've seen his identification card and it says he was single. I've never heard him talk about a wife."

Rachel met Ocack while she was holidaying in Marmaris in May.

Kamil said: "From then on, I knew they were together. I could see they were looking at each other. They went out many times. If I'd known the girl was 14, I'd have thought it wrong. But she looks older.

"At the time I didn't realise the relationship was serious. But I did later on when I heard Mehmet talking to friends. It made me realise Rachel meant something to him.

"They were constantly texting each other. I'd tell Mehmet not to do it when he was working. They were both very happy."

When Rachel returned to England, she pined for her new lover and refused to go to school.

In October, she returned to Marmaris with Beckie and her grandmother, Carol Lloyd, 60, who she lives with.

Rachel and Carol, who encouraged the relationship despite warnings from social services, were seen at Andy's Bar all day, every day.

After the holiday romance blossomed, Rachel and Ocack had an engagement party at the bar where they exchanged rings.

But some at the party told the Mirror how, after the ceremony, Ocack was up to his old tricks groping and flirting with other women.

Carol was determined to keep her granddaughter's affair alive, it was claimed. She even talked of buying a bar so they could run it together.

Kamil said: "They were planning to live here and rent the pool bar at my hotel. The gran wanted to make a good future for both of them."

At the airport returning home, Rachel refused to fly back and asked Ocack to collect her in a taxi and take her back to Marmaris.

They were discovered a day later. British consulate officials were contacted and lovesick Rachel was sent home.

It was only then that Kamil realised just how young she was and gave a stern warning to Ocack.

He said: "I told him it was not legal to stay with a 14-year-old girl in our law. I urged him to delay the relationship for another two years - to keep in touch but not to keep seeing each other alone.

"I also warned him that if he kept doing this it would not be good.

"I said `It is a crime in Turkey. You may be put in prison. You must break this relationship for your sake.' He said it might be difficult for him but he would try.

"He didn't take my advice. Sometimes, true love stops everything. Sometimes, it stops your mind."

After Rachel was forcibly returned home her family took away her passport. But Rachel managed to get hold of a new one with forged signatures.

Two weeks ago, she flew back to Turkey and travelled to Marmaris. There, Ocack collected her and took her to Gazi Antep.

At first, police made little apparent effort to find the runaway. But within days of the Mirror becoming involved, the couple were found.


SHOCK: Story breaks; TOGETHER: Rachel and Mehmet yesterday; RELIEVED: Bob and daughter Beckie yesterday; PARTY: Mehmet and Rachel celebrate their engagement; HERE'S TO US: The couple down their drinks at the knees-up; SMOOCH: They share a kiss; HUG: Rachel with Mehmet, who now faces criminal charges
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Dec 14, 2002
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