Published Friday, 30 August 2013
On Thursday the case, relating to the August 2011 deaths of Marion Graham, 54, and her 53-year-old best friend Cathy Dinsmore - was halted for a second time.
Both victims were stabbed to death in a forest just outside the Turkish city of Izmir.
The women, along with Marion's teenage daughter Shannon, had been staying about 75 miles away in the popular tourist resort of Kusadasi.
Then aged 15, Shannon had been dating a local boy who called himself Alex.
But Recep Cetin, as he is otherwise known, was to become the prime suspect in the double murder.
He and his father Eyup Cetin were both charged with the brutal killings.
In the courtroom, Eyup pleaded his innocence to the judges.
"I have nothing to do with this crime. If I did I would accept the punishment," he said.
UTV Correspondent Sharon O'Neill described the moment Recep was heard apologising to Shannon.
"As Recep Cetin was led from the dock to be sent back to prison, he calmly turned around, looked straight at his former girlfriend Shannon Graham and said, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry'," she said.
"The teenager was clearly taken aback and shook her head in disbelief. Her sisters were visibly upset. The Dinsmores couldn't quite take it in either."
It emerged that two of the judges had been replaced just for the day.
The 22-year-old defendant's mental health also played a part in why this hearing was brought an abrupt halt. His lawyers are challenging new test results.
Outside court, Cathy's niece, Ruby Dinsmore expressed her disappointment at the setback.
"I'm very frustrated with the system, the legal system is different, there are nuances in every legal system, including our own in Ireland and in England, we just have to accept it, we are still determined to carry on," she said.
Ms Dinsmore's brother George said the family were determined to see justice done.
"We just have to bear with it the law is the law here and that's the way it is," he said.
"Time doesn't come into it. Just as long as we get settled in the end that's just what counts you know?"
The trial is expected to resume on 9 September and a verdict may be returned on that date.
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