Tulay Goren

Tulay Goren, 15, UK.

15-year-old Kurdish girl Tulay Goren was killed in North London by her father because the family objected to her choice of husband

Mehmet Goren, the father of 15-year-old schoolgirl Tulay Goren, has been convicted of her murder and sentenced to serve a minimum of 22 years for the family “honour killing” in London.

Tulay, who had come to Britain from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was drugged, tortured and then killed by her father Mehmet Goren, over her relationship with an older man of whom Mehment Goren and his relations did not approve.  Although Tulay’s body has never been found, her father Mehmet Goren, 49, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey after a 10-week trial.

The trial heard how Tulay, who came to Britain at the age of 12, was assaulted by her father, a Shia Muslim, who was angered by her relationship with Mr Unal, who was twice her age and a Sunni Muslim.  In the weeks before her disappearance, Tulay ran away from home twice and personally reported two attacks on her by her father. Her boyfriend also reported an assault.  However, despite Tulay’s refusal to go home, she was lured back three weeks later, in January 1999, and disappeared the next day.

Mehment had been arrested when Tulay vanished on January 7 1999 but lied his way out of trouble and forced his family to do the same.  He was only brought to justice by the damning testimony of the mother and sister Tulay left behind.

Ten years after she vanished, her mother Hanim agreed to tell the court the truth about her violent husband Mehmet.  In emotional scenes in court a sobbing Mrs Goren said: ‘In the children’s bedroom I saw Tulay lying on the floor face down. “Her hands and her feet were tied. Her hands and her feet were all a purple black colour.  “Hatice cried and screamed and jumped on her and the two of us tried to untie her, and Tulay said: ‘Mum don’t untie me, I want to die’. In the meantime Mehmet had come from downstairs and said don’t untie, don’t touch he said.”

Mrs Goren continued: “After that Mehmet said: ‘So that she doesn’t run away again I have tied her up’.”

She also gave key evidence about the aftermath of the murder, in which she found knives missing from the kitchen, bin bags used up and the back garden of her home in Glastonbury Avenue, Woodford Green, dug over.


Messages in “Tulay Goren”

  1. christianne hilgenberg says:

    darling Tulay, there is no excuse for your murder
    I read your story and sorrow and horror fill my heart
    I pray your mother and sister feel your love and presence to give them strength every day until they meet you again
    I pray your murderer’s eyes and heart open to the injustice he perpetrated upon you
    pray for us I will pray with you
    never forget your life, dear one <3
    christianne ~

  2. TIQ says:

    Tulay even during the time of beating and being tied up. You were strong in every way to not have your mother and sister untie you. Your memory will live on forever….RIP my child. From a mother’s love…

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