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Honour case girl 'kissed goodbye'

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

The sister of an alleged "honour killing" victim told police her father told her brother to kiss her sister goodbye as he would not see her again.

Hatice Goren died in a car crash seven years after 15-year-old Tulay Goren went missing in January 1999.

But two video interviews with Hatice recorded shortly after Tulay's disappearance were shown in court.

Mehmet Goren, 49, denies murdering his daughter Tulay, who went missing in Woodford Green, north London.

Tulay had previously run off to live with Halil Unal, who was then 30, before being brought home by her parents, the Old Bailey has heard.

"My dad said to my brother, go and kiss your sister, Tulay, because this is the last time that you are going to see her," Hatice said, talking about the last time she had seen her sister.

He went and kissed her and my dad was crying as well
Hatice Goren

"He went and kissed her and my dad was crying as well."

The girl, then 13, wept as she talked about her sometimes troubled relationship with Tulay, saying: "Before I used to hate her, but now I like her because I miss her."

In a second interview, Hatice was asked about the night of 6 January 1999 when Tulay had been brought back home by her parents, after running away with her boyfriend.

Hatice said Tulay was going to jump out of the window but her father "got her around the neck".

Phone call

The next morning her sister told her parents that she wanted to go back with her boyfriend, Hatice said.

"She was upset and she was crying," she added.

She said there was a phone call from her uncle Ali, in which Mehmet was told to call him from a phone box.

Her father later told her brother Tuncay to say goodbye to Tulay, before they went to stay with their uncle Cuma, she said.

Upon her return home, she noticed two pairs of Tulay's shoes and her jumper were left, which her father told her to throw away.

Hatice said her mother was "upset ... she thinks that my sister is dead."

When asked about her father, she said: "He is okay... he's not upset really."

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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