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Thursday, 17 December 2009
Honour killing: father convicted of murder of Tulay Goren
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From The Telegraph
May he rot.
Mehmet Goren, the father of 15-year-old Muslim schoolgirl Tulay Goren, has been convicted of her murder in a family "honour killing" in London.
Tulay, who had come to Britain from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was drugged, tortured and then killed by her father Mehmet Goren, over her relationship with an older man of whom Mehment Goren and his relations did not approve.
Although Tulay’s body has never been found, her father Mehmet Goren, 49, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey after a 10-week trial.
After she was killed, it is thought her body was buried in the garden of the family home in Woodford Green, north London before being dug up and disposed of.
Mehment had been arrested when Tulay vanished on January 7 1999 but lied his way out of trouble and forced his family to do the same.
He was only brought to justice by the damning testimony of the mother and sister Tulay left behind.
Ten years after she vanished, her mother Hanim agreed to tell the court the truth about her violent and bigoted husband Mehmet.
In emotional scenes in court a sobbing Mrs Goren said: 'In the children's bedroom I saw Tulay lying on the floor face down.
"Her hands and her feet were tied. Her hands and her feet were all a purple black colour. Hatice cried and screamed and jumped on her and the two of us tried to untie her, and Tulay said: 'Mum don't untie me, I want to die'. In the meantime Mehmet had come from downstairs and said don't untie, don't touch he said."
Mrs Goren continued: "After that Mehmet said: 'So that she doesn't run away again I have tied her up'."
She also gave key evidence about the aftermath of the murder, in which she found knives missing from the kitchen, bin bags used up and the back garden of her home in Glastonbury Avenue, Woodford Green, dug over.
Hanim said she was 'suspicious' when she saw Mehmet's freshly laundered shirt, as he had never done the washing in more than 20 years of marriage.
In 2004 a new team of detectives looked at the case and previously ignored evidence was given far greater significance.
Changes in the law also allowed Mehment Goren's daughter Hatice to give her evidence from beyond the grave.
She died in a car smash in 2006, but explained in police in a video-taped interview how her father told her to kiss Tulay goodbye before she disappeared.
The Tulay murder verdicts follow a police investigation which saw detectives travel to Kurdistan to learn about honour killings. Turkish psychiatrists were then brought to give evidence on the issue as expert witnesses in a British court for the first time.
Their findings, coupled with a greater understanding of 'honour' violence, persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service to overturn a decision 10 years ago not to bring charges against Mehmet Goren over Tulay's disappearance.
It was only after greater awareness of the phenomenon of honour killings, that a new team of detectives began a reinvestigation five years ago. In a landmark investigation, police travelled to Kurdistan to learn about local "honour codes" as they built their case.
Read the list of similar killings of girls in the UK in recent years.
According to statistics from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) there are 12 suspected 'honour killings' in the UK each year.
Honour is the wrong translation - prestige is a better word.

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Posted on 12/17/2009 7:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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