Dec 17 2009
Tulay Goren disappeared in 1999 after having a relationship with a man of whom her family disapproved.
Her MUSLIM father Mehmet, 49, was convicted of murder. His brothers Cuma Goren, 42, and Ali Goren, 55, were cleared of the charge. Tulay was last seen at her home in north London, in January 1999.
The body of the schoolgirl – who told a friend she may have been pregnant just before she disappeared – has never been found.
The court previously heard Mehmet Goren disapproved of Tulay’s relationship with factory worker Halil Unal because of religious differences and the fact Mr Unal was 15 years older than Tulay.
The judge in the case, Mr Justice Bean, said Goren’s attempts to appear a “thoroughly modern and enlightened family man failed to deceive the jury”. “The reality is that your enigmatic smile conceals a violent and dominating personality,” he told the killer. “Your wife Hanim has finally had the courage to break free of the domination and reveal what she knew of what you did in January 1999.” Goren disposed of the schoolgirl’s body “with such ingenuity that it has never been found”, the judge said.
Mehmet Goren’s wife Hanim, 45, is now living in fear after she named him as their daughter’s killer, saying he had “swallowed” Tulay. BBC