Oct 12 2009
Tulay Goren, 15, a Kurdish Turk from north London, vanished in 1999 and her body has never been found, but it is assumed to have been an honor killing by her father.
A 15-year-old schoolgirl allegedly murdered for falling in love told her boyfriend that she had been “tortured” by her father, a court heard today. Tulay Goren went missing in January 1999 and her body has never been found, jurors have been told. She is alleged to have been killed by her father Mehmet Goren, after he consulted with his brothers, over her relationship with Halil Unal.
Mr. Unal, speaking from behind a screen, told the Old Bailey about a time when they met up at Stratford bus station in east London. He said: “When I saw Tulay there I looked at her face and I saw that she had bruising to her eye.”She told me that her father tortured her and beat her and that her uncle Cuma was pressuring her.”
Mehmet Goren, 49, of Navestock Crescent, Woodford Green, and his brothers, Cuma Goren, 42, of Evesham Avenue, Walthamstow, and Ali Goren, 55, of Brettenham Road, Walthamstow, deny murdering Tulay on January 7 1999. They also deny conspiracy to murder Mr Unal, between May 1998 and February 1999.
Mr Unal said he asked Tulay’s mother Hanim for her daughter’s hand in marriage, but she said that an uncle in Switzerland wanted her to marry his son.
The court heard that in December last year, Mehmet Goren came to the factory where he grabbed Mr Unal by the collar and beat him up, and told him to stop “bothering” Tulay. Mr Unal said he did not hit back “because I loved his daughter.” METRO UK