Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Waiter Who Ran off with Faye Goes Free; Teenager Blames Herself and Refuses to Press Charges

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Waiter Who Ran off with Faye Goes Free; Teenager Blames Herself and Refuses to Press Charges

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Byline: DAVE BLACK

THE waiter who ran off with teenager Faye Jones in Turkey will not spend a single night behind bars after the schoolgirl refused to press charges against him.

Faye, 16, from Cramlington, Northumberland, was re-united with her distraught mum, Rhonda, on Monday after spending several days on the run with local bar worker Murat Can Ertani, 22.

They went missing last Thursday, on the final day of Faye and Rhonda's two-week holiday in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Marmaris.

On Monday the pair were found by police officers, walking together in the town of Mugla, 35 miles from where they disappeared.

Faye, a student at Cramlington High School who recently completed her GCSE exams, was quickly reunited with her tearful mum.

Ertani was detained for questioning at a local police station. Yesterday it emerged that, despite giving a detailed statement to police, Faye refused to make a complaint against Ertani, insisting he'd done nothing wrong.

She told Turkish officers: "He shouldn't go to jail. He did nothing wrong. It was my fault for running away."

A Turkish police source confirmed: "Murat Can Ertani was arrested and questioned in relation to abducting Faye Jones. However, he claimed she went of her own free will and that he didn't know she was under age.

"Her statement supports his and so we had no alternative than to release him after questioning."

Ertani was released on Monday and is already back on the streets. Rhonda, who works in a fish and chip shop in Cramlington, was disappointed not to see him jailed.

She went without food or sleep for four days as she carried out a one woman vigil, trawling the streets of Marmaris for any sign of her missing daughter.

She said: "I'd hoped he would be locked up and no longer a danger to Faye or any other English schoolgirls, but there's nothing I can do about it.

"At the end of day, I'm just relieved to have Faye home safe and sound."

Faye first became friendly with Ertani on a holiday to Marnaris with her mum last summer. They kept in touch via Facebook and Skype over the winter, and met up again when she arrived for another break. …

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