North Yorkshire man injured by Turkey gunman hopes to be released from hospital after mother's death (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Son of murdered North Yorkshire woman to be released from hospital
A MAN injured when a gunman burst into his family’s holiday home and shot dead his mother, hopes to be released from hospital soon.
Alex Bury, 24, was shot in the leg when gardener Veli Acar, 46, is alleged to have let himself into his family’s villa in Turkey in the early hours of Monday (September 9) armed with a pump action shotgun.
He is said to have tried to reason with the Turkish gardener when he awoke to find Mr Acar pointing a gun at him.
The former Stokesley School pupil said Mr Acar lifted the gun to his shoulder and gestured for him to go to his mother and grandmother’s room.
Catherine Bury, who hours earlier had been celebrating her 56th birthday with her family at the villa in Dalyan, south-west Turkey, fled up three flights of stairs and bolted herself into a bathroom.
Mr Acar is alleged to have shot the lock off, before shooting her four times.
Alex Bury has since been treated in a hospital in Mugla, Turkey for gunshot wounds to his leg. His grandmother, Cecilia, 87, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, was peppered with shot in the attack.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Bury said: “I'm waiting to see my consultant after the weekend and hope he'll tell me when I can go home. My condition has improved a lot over the last few days."
The Newcastle University science graduate and aspiring medical student, said he has been touched by the support he has received: “The support from back home and the incredible kindness I've been shown by the Turkish people has really been heart-warming and helped me through a very difficult week."
Back in the family’s home village of Swainby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, friends and neighbours earlier in the week spoke of their shock and devastation over the shooting.
Conflicting reports about Mr Acar’s relationship with Miss Bury have emerged from Turkey.
Mr Acar is alleged to have told police it was a “crime of passion” and his family insist they he had had a six-year relationship with the midwife.
But her family have insisted their relationship was purely of an employer and employee, as Mr Acar was employed as a gardener and handyman at the villa.
They said a dispute with him, which led them to lodge a complaint about him with the police prior to the shooting, came about because Miss Bury confronted him over money he should have passed on to other local tradesmen.
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