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Body of Swainby woman shot in Turkey is repatriated to the UK
THE BODY of a woman shot dead in Turkey has now been returned to the UK and an inquest into her death opened and adjourned.
Catherine Bury, known to everyone as Anne, was shot whilst on holiday with her family at her villa in Dalyan, Turkey, as she celebrated her 56th birthday.
Her son, Alex Bury, 24, was shot in the leg and her mother, Cecilia, 87, from Marton, Teesside, was also hurt.
It is alleged that gardener Veli Acar, 46, let himself into the family villa earlier this month armed with a pump action shotgun.
Alex is said to have tried to reason with the Turkish gardener and Ms Bury locked herself in the bathroom, but he blasted off the lock. She was shot four times.
Ms Bury’s body has now been flown back to Teesside and was taken to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.
She previously worked as a midwife at the hospital but had taken on a management role for an oil firm in Dubai more recently.
A post-mortem examination was carried out and coroner Michael Sheffield opened and adjourned the inquest.
Alex, a former Stokesley School pupil, has just returned home to the UK after being treated in hospital in Mugla, Turkey, for gunshot wounds to his leg.
The blast injured an artery and he required surgery to fit a titanium plate.
The medical undergraduate is said to have taken a year out of his studies and is planning to return to Newcastle University to finish his final year later.
He has not returned to the family home in the village of Swainby, near Stokesley, and is believed to be staying with family in the Teesside area.
Jennifer Garbutt, a neighbour to the family in Emmerson Close, Swainby, said: “He’s a lovely lad, a smashing lad. Very, very bright. It must have been terrible, horrendous, what he went through.”
Mrs Garbutt’s husband, Stephen, said: “I don’t know if he’ll move back into the house or feel it has too many memories. He spent a lot of time with his gran and he might stay with her.”
Mr Acar, 46, is now being held at a military prison in Fethiye, Turkey, awaiting trial.
He is reported to have told police he shot Ms Bury because she failed to admit they were in a relationship.
But her family deny this, saying he was employed as a gardener and handyman and there had been a dispute with him over money he should have allegedly passed on to other local tradesmen.
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