Raymond McGuinness, the former partner of one of the murdered women, has just left the courthouse in Turkey with members of his family.

Speaking briefly to reporters he said he hoped to have the bodies of his former partner and her best friend home in Northern Ireland by mid week.

He said that the family had just completed the identification process.

Mr McGuinness said he had met his daughter Shannon who is very upset and the family just wanted to get home as soon as possible.

He said the family wanted to be left to grieve in peace and he concluded by saying it was a very difficult time.

A 17-year-old waiter accused of the double killing is currently being detained at Izmir prison, following a preliminary court hearing last night.

He could be charged later today but it is unclear if he will be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

The teenager, his father and a taxi driver are being questioned by police.

The bodies of Kathy Dinsmore and Marion Graham were found in a forest near the city of Izmir on Thursday night.

They died from stab wounds.

They were both from Newry in Co Down and in their 50s.

It has been reported that the teenager had been refused permission by Mrs Graham to marry her daughter.

Meanwhile, prayers are being said at masses in the Diocese of Dromore this weekend for the families of Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore.

Bishop of Dromore Dr John McAreavey has offered his deepest sympathies to the families.

Raymond McGuinness, the former partner of one of the murdered women, has arrived in Turkey saying, he hoped to have the bodies of his former partner and her best friend home in Northern Ireland by mid week.

He confirmed that the family had just completed the identification process.

Mr McGuinness said he had met his daughter Shannon who is very upset and the family just wanted to get home as soon as possible.

He said the family wanted to be left to grieve in peace and he concluded by saying it was a very difficult time.