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Honour case mother demands answer

Tulay Goren
Tulay's father allegedly disapproved of her relationship with Halil Unal

The mother of an alleged "honour killing" victim has faced her husband in court and asked him to explain what he has done to her daughter.

Mehmet Goren, 49, denies murdering Tulay Goren, 15, from Woodford Green, north London, who went missing in 1999.

His wife Hanim Goren told the Old Bailey she believes Mr Goren was responsible for her disappearance.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mrs Goren asked him: "Look at my face. What did you do to Tulay?"

She added: "Say it so that I can..." before being stopped by judge Mr Justice Bean.

Mrs Goren, who is appearing for the prosecution, previously said Mr Goren tied up his daughter at their London home on 6 January 1999, a day before she disappeared.

She said her husband disapproved of a relationship Tulay was having with boyfriend Halil Unal, due to religious differences and the fact that Mr Unal was 15 years older than Tulay.

Photos torn up

On Wednesday Mrs Goren said: "It was Mehmet who disappeared Tulay. I am sure of that."

After Tulay's disappearance Mr Goren told her not to mention their daughter's name and photos of Tulay, her Turkish identity card and birth certificate were torn up, she told the court.

I was saying it to (Mehmet Goren's) face openly, frankly. I was saying to him, 'You swallowed Tulay'
Hanim Goren

Mrs Goren said her husband told her: "There will not be anything left inside belonging to Tulay."

She added: "After Tulay went missing, he attempted to beat me up a few times."

Mrs Goren said she repeatedly confronted her husband about Tulay's disappearance, increasingly so after her younger daughter Hatice was killed in a car crash in 2006.

"I was saying it to his face openly, frankly. I was saying to him, 'You swallowed Tulay'. I was saying, 'She is alive, in your tummy'. I kept saying it," Mrs Goren told the court.

She said whenever she confronted her husband about Tulay's disappearance, he would reply: "I don't know anything, I didn't do anything."

"He used to say, 'Those who did it are over there'. I don't know who he meant."

Mother arrested

Mrs Goren said whenever she threatened to go to the police, her husband said he would blame Mrs Goren and her relatives for Tulay's disappearance.

She gave a statement to police in February 1999 but said parts of her statement were untrue. "The reason was Mehmet," Mrs Goren said.

The court heard that in March 1999 Mrs Goren was arrested for perverting the course of justice and murder.

She was released without charge and she asked to speak to the police again one month later.

Mr Goren and Tulay's uncles Cuma Goren, 42, from Walthamstow, east London, and Ali Goren, 55, from Walthamstow, deny murdering Tulay on 7 January 1999.

Mehmet Goren and his brothers also deny conspiring to murder Mr Unal between May 1998 and February 1999.

The trial continues.



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