Girl killed, then mum loses job

DAN OAKES
Last updated 08:39 28/05/2013
Jenny Doyle

JOBLESS: Jenny Doyle with photos of her murdered daughter Kara.

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Australian Jenny Doyle's daughter was shot and killed last month.

After sitting by her daughter's bedside for five days while she died from her wounds, Doyle took time off from her job - which she lost, a fact she found out when she rang the welfare agency Centrelink with an inquiry.

She was working as a manager for Australian Commercial Catering at the Thales ammunition factory in the New South Wales town of Mulwala, when her daughter, Kara, was shot on April 17.

Kara's then boyfriend, Mehmet Torun, has been charged with murdering her with a sawn-off shotgun after the pair argued at Torun's Avondale Heights home. He allegedly shot her in the stomach, then dumped her at a nearby service station.

After Kara's death, Doyle's GP provided her with a certificate saying she was suffering from ''major depression'' and would not be able to return to work until the end of July.

Doyle said the only communication she received from the company before this was a text from her area manager asking whether she had done the banking, and where the canteen keys were.

''I was in the intensive care unit with Kara, and I was really upset because it wasn't a 'how are you, how's everything going','' she said. ''It was literally that: have you done the banking and where are the keys.''

Australian Commercial Catering then sent her a letter less than three weeks after the shooting saying it was ''unable to keep the position open until 29/07/2013 due to the position type and location of site'' and that she would receive entitlements within two weeks.

However, in another letter sent on the same day, the company claimed money totalling A$1150 had been missing from the Thales canteen since the day Kara was shot, and demanded an explanation.

Doyle told Fairfax Media she did take a A$300 float home with her when she hurried from Mulwala to be with her daughter, and has subsequently returned it.

She said she had had no contact with the police, and the rest of the money had been left in an office at work. ''I would never have gone this far except for the fact I never even got a phone call from them, saying 'we're sorry for your loss'.''

The managing director of Australian Commercial Catering, Peter Darmos, denied Doyle's position had been terminated, saying that if the money was returned, she could have her job back.

''She's not terminated, she has never been terminated. Pending the proper investigation, she's free to return to work if she's done nothing wrong. You want to make mileage out of this, go right ahead,'' he said.

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