Family of shot mother dismiss claims she was alleged killer's boyfriend (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Family of shot mother dismiss claims she was alleged killer's boyfriend
6:22pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE family of a healthcare expert who was shot dead at her Turkish holiday home has dismissed claims she had been in a relationship with her alleged killer.
Relatives of Anne Bury, of Swainby, North Yorkshire, said it was “completely untrue” that maintenance man Veli Acar been romantically involved with the former widwife before he allegedly shot her, her son, Alex, 24, and 87-year-old mother, Cecilia on Monday.
They spoke out after Mr Acar, 46, who has been remanded in custody by a judge, is reported to have told police it was a “crime of passion”, fuelled by jealousy after he saw Miss Bury with another man.
Mr Acar is listed as one of Miss Bury’s friends on her Facebook page and the gardener changed his main profile picture on the website to a photograph of a giant heart drawn on a beach, on September 6 last year, a year to the day before the pair were said to have had a heated row.
Alongside the photograph, Mr Acar wrote in Turkish "seni cok seviyorum ben" (I love you so much) and then in English “I am in love with you OK always”.
Following the shootings, some Dalyan residents said they seen Mr Acar and Miss Bury together and believed they were a couple.
Miss Bury’s brothers, Jerome and John, and mother, of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, who is recovering from a gun shot to her back, said Mr Acar had been an employee.
They said they could not “comprehend the mentality of somebody who would do this to three lovely people who would never harm anybody”.
They added in a statement: “It appears that the person that Anne employed as a general gardener and handyman to look after her holiday villas has committed this terrible crime.
“We would like once again to thank everyone for their kindness and offers of help, they are a great source of strength to us.”
Miss Bury had celebrated her 56th birthday at her villa in Dalyan, south-west Turkey, hours before Mr Acar allegedly burst into the property, brandishing a pump-action shotgun.
She fled, running up three flights of stairs and bolted herself into a bathroom, but Mr Acar is reported to have blasted the lock off before shooting her four times.
Miss Bury, who bought the property in Turkey as a pension investment in 2011, had filed a criminal complaint with the Turkish police about Mr Acar days earlier.
The complaint was sparked by Mr Acar allegedly making death threats to her after she confronted him for failing to pay local tradesmen for work on her villa.
After being arrested, held overnight and being given a warning by police, Mr Acar is said to have collected his shotgun, rode his motorbike to the villa at 5am.
Preparing for further surgery at Mugla University Hospital for serious leg wounds yesterday, including two severed arteries, Newcastle University science graduate and aspiring medical student Alex Bury said he had awoken on Monday to find Mr Acar pointing a gun at him.
The former Stokesley School pupil and devout Catholic said: "I recognised it was Veli and I tried to reason with him. I told him it didn't have to be this way.
“He lifted the gun to his shoulder and he gestured for me to go through to my mother and grandmother's room.
“They had heard me talking and had locked themselves in the room.”
Miss Bury’s brother-in-law, Guisborough dentist Robert Williams, said the family had been “left feeling somewhat numb as well as saddened by the whole affair”.
About 200 friends of the family and members of the congregation attended a service at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough and prayers were said for the Burys at the Church of the Holy Cross, in Swainby, yesterday, before residents sought “communal solace” at the monthly village lunch.
The Reverend Linda Shipp said: “People in the village are still trying to get to grips with it as it takes a lot to get your mind round what has happened.
"It's brought the violence of the world into our little village here, which is not something we're used to."
The image on Veli Acar's Facebook page
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