GOL VERDICT: The holiday romance that ended in murder
THE holiday romance that ended in murder began with a sun-soaked trip to Turkey in 2007 that didn’t hint of the horror that was to come.
While in Bodrum, Michala Burgess-Hall met Ensar Gol, a 17-year-old Turk, and soon afterwards fell pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Already Miss Burgess-Hall’s mum Julie Sahin had found love in Turkey.
In May 2002 she married Mehmet Sahin in Turkey after meeting him there and the pair later made their home in Thame, settling in Ireton Court.
After meeting Gol in 2007, Miss Burgess-Hall maintained a relationship with him and, after the birth of their daughter, the pair also went on to have a son together.
But their love affair caused tensions in the family, with Mrs Sahin branding Gol a “psycho” after a blazing row erupted during a family holiday in September 2010.
National service in Turkey meant that Gol was unable to join his partner in England straight away and this put further strain on the relationship, with the couple breaking up and reuniting repeatedly.
Giving evidence Lorraine Kucuk, a friend of Mrs Sahin’s who is also married to a Turkish man, said that the young mum was “heartbroken” at the split.
In January 2011, during one of these periods of separation, Miss Burgess-Hall rekindled a previous holiday romance she had enjoyed 10 years ago with a Turkish man called Gurkan, and travelled to visit him.
She kept the affair secret from Gol and enlisted her friend Lorraine Kucuk to help her to wipe her Facebook account of any evidence.
Mrs Kucuk said: “I helped her get the fresh start she wanted which everybody deserves.”
Despite their strained relationship, the couple married in Turkey in March 2011 but, with animosity growing between them, Mrs Sahin refused to attend the service.
Gol then relocated to the UK, moving in with his wife and Mr and Mrs Sahin at Ireton Court.
But soon a toxic atmosphere developed in the house with Gol and his wife constantly arguing and Mrs Sahin refusing to be in the same room as her son-in-law.
Speaking of Mrs Sahin’s relationship with her son-in-law, Miss Wilson said: “To begin with she got on with him really well, but then when she got to know him she didn’t like him at all.”
The situation worsened when Gol received a phone call from Gurkan after his marriage telling of his affair with Mrs Gol.
The relationship was beyond repair and Gol booked a flight to Turkey on August 23 with the intention of leaving his wife, but after a desperate phone call from her as he travelled to the airport, he was persuaded to stay for the sake of their two children.
Pizza Parlour worker Ali Akar said: “He prepared his suitcase and was saying he was going to go.”
But as his wife’s friend Casey Wilson drove Gol to the airport, he changed his mind.
Miss Wilson said: “He was on the phone to Michala. I think she was asking him to stay.”
It was a short-lived effort at a fresh start and, on August 28, Gol had a one-night stand with Wendy Hazell, a woman he met at the Black Horse pub in Thame, going back to her home after drinking with her.
Earlier this week at her home in Thame, Miss Hazell told reporters “things can’t get any worse” and refused to comment any further.
On September 3, Gol turned up on Miss Hazell’s doorstep unannounced and, after telling her of his marriage problems, Gol once again had sex with her.
Hours later Gol took a knife and murdered his wife and mother-in-law and attempted to murder Miss Wilson.