UK: Father of Kurdish Tulay Goren says he
defied 'honour killing' order from brother
Old Bailey told brother gave order 'as if he was
asking me to buy a kilo of rice'
November 18, 2009
LONDON, — The father accused of murdering his
15-year-old daughter in a so-called honour killing
said Tuesday that his older brother had urged him to
kill her for bringing shame on the family name.
Mehmet Goren told an Old Bailey jury he refused to
carry out the instructions to make Tulay Goren and
her 30-year-old boyfriend, Halil Unal, "disappear".
He said his brother Ali had branded Tulay a
"prostitute and a slut" and had told him to kill her
"as if he was asking me to buy a kilo of rice".
Mehmet said he was to invite the lovers over for
dinner at the family home and then "do what's
Speaking through an interpreter, he said: "I would
need to be a sadist to harm my own child.
15 Year Old Kurdish Girl Tulay Goren Murdered in
Only people that have
something wrong with their heads or minds are
capable of harming their own children, those that
live Islam totally, the sharia law completely, they
are capable of harming their own children."
The prosecution alleges Tulay, who disappeared in
January 1999, was murdered by her father with the
help of his brothers Ali and Cuma, 42, after a
Giving evidence, Mehmet, 49, a Turkish Kurd, said
Ali ordered the killing after his daughter's
marriage fell through. The schoolgirl ran away from
home to stay with Unal, 30, in December 1998. It was
later agreed that they should marry in a register
office but the ceremony did not go ahead because
Tulay was under-age.
Yesterday, Mehmet told the court Ali had told him:
"It is best you make them disappear."
He added: "He was telling me to kill them. I said
'are you a maniac?' I thought perhaps there was some
sense in relation to Halil because Halil had used
Tulay. Asking me to kill Tulay, I didn't understand
Mehmet said he told his brother he would not harm
his own daughter. Ali was someone with "no love, no
affection" for his own children or those of his
brothers.The day before the alleged murder,www.ekurd.netMehmet
said, he went to see Tulay, found she was living
with her boyfriend in a house with other men, and
brought her home to Woodford Green, north-east
London. His wife, Hanim, has told the court she
returned home that day to find Tulay tied up and
face-down on the floor, her hands and feet bruised
black from being bound.
Mehmet rejected his wife's claims that he had tied
Tulay up and drugged her coffee, and blamed his
He told the court that Hanim would beat the children
regularly and had branded Tulay a "dirty faggot"
during a row the day she vanished. "Whenever the
children made a mistake she would either beat them
with slippers or swear." Asked by his barrister,
Michael Turner QC, if he had any objection to the
relationship between Tulay and Unal on the basis
that he was a Sunni Muslim while the Gorens were of
the Alevi branch of the faith, he said: "No. It
wasn't even discussed."
Mehmet denies murdering his daughter and the
attempted murder of Unal. Ali and Cuma Goren, both
of Walthamstow, deny murdering Tulay Goren. The
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