Hvordan er psyken til en far som dreper sin datter? Mehmet Goren fremstilte seg selv som sekulær og politisk radikal. Det var han kanskje også, men det forhindret ikke at han var en egoistisk tyrann som mishandlet sine døtre. Den yngste, Tulay, var egenmektig og selvstendig og lignet trolig på sin far, slik døtre stundom gjør. Det kan gjøre at fedre blir spesielt myke, men i dette tilfelle var det ingen slik mykhet å spore. Mehmet tålte ikke sin datters frihet.
Men det er ikke bare drapet, det er alle omstendighetene rundt: at han kaller inn minstebroren, som får se søsteren ligge forslått og bundet, og ber ham kysse henne farvel, resten av familien som vet at han har slått ihjel datteren, men trues til taushet, overfallet på hennes kjæreste, og hele tiden benektelsen. Hadde han god samvittighet for det han hadde gjort?
Eldste søster Nuray forteller hvordan faren var:
The tyrant made life «hell» for daughters Tulay, Nuray, now 29, and Hatice, who died in a car crash in 2006 aged 20, and only son Tuncay, now 19.
Nuray said: «This person called my father had nothing to do with us.
«As long as I have known myself he made life hell for us.»
After seeing his eldest daughter Nuray holding hands with her fiance before their marriage in 1998, Mehmet was so disgusted he went home and drank bleach and said he «wanted to die».
He needed hospital treatment before being given the all clear.
She said: «He said that I was too young, that he was not the right sort of person and that this would definitely not happen. He was opposing silently.»
Just days after he murdered his daughter, he attacked her boyfriend Halil Unal with an axe. He had previously beaten him up and trashed his office and threatened him on numerous occasions.
He said: «You ——- come here and I will see how you measure up to me.»
«I am not giving my daughter to you and if you should come around here just think about what you will get.»
In court he also admitted beating his wife and giving his son a slap for wearing low-slung jeans.
Goren said he escaped from Turkey to London in May 1996 after years of torture and imprisonment for being a member of the Revolutionary People’s Union, a banned Marxist political party.
He insisted he did not believe in the honour code and told how he was regularly arrested and tortured for being a political activist fighting for womens’ rights in Turkey.
He said: «We believed that men and women should be equal. One is not superior to the other.»
He had in fact served a series of prison sentences in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
He was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for robberies carried out on behalf of the Kurdish terror group PKK (The Worker’s Party of Kurdistan), who fight for independence within Turkey.
He joined his family in London in 1996, but struggled to adapt to life in the UK
Honour killing guilty verdict: profile of father Mehmet Goren
Mehmet Goren, 49, is a heavy-gambling, convicted robber with alleged links to a militant terrorist organisation.