THE family of a student nurse who fell to her death from a Turkish hotel last year are to travel to the country on Tuesday for the beginning of a prosecution against the owner.
The parents and siblings of Mary Linnane, 20, have been offered free accommodation in Kusadasi by an Irish hotelier who heard of the tragic death in July last year.
Séamus Glynn from the Palmin Sunset Plaza contacted the Linnane family via the Irish embassy in Turkey and made the offer, despite the likelihood the trial could run through the tourist season.
"When he heard about the case he made a couple of suites available for free," explained family solicitor Fergus Gallagher who will also travel with the family.
Mary Linnane had gone to the Turkish resort with 11 friends. Early into the holiday she fell from the fifth floor of the building and was killed. There were concerns about the condition of the window that led to the balcony, specifically relating to defective hinges.
Hotel proprietor Vahap Donertaf is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and is likely to receive a custodial sentence if found guilty.
This week Mary's parents, Martin and Kathleen, together with her brother Brendan and sisters Sharon, Bernadette and Sarah, will go to Turkey to finalise arrangements for legal representation.
"We expect the case will be adjourned again," explained Gallagher. "But there are formalities to be sorted out, to get representation."
The family hopes the trial proper will begin in July. It has also emerged that none of Mary's friends who were in Kusadasi will be called to give evidence.