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Body of shooting victim returned
THE body of a woman shot dead in Turkey has been returned to the UK and an inquest into her death opened and adjourned.
Catherine Bury, known to friends as Anne, was shot as she celebrated her 56th birthday while on holiday with her family at her villa in Dalyan, Turkey, earlier this month.
Her son, Alex Bury, 24, was shot in the leg and her mother, Cecilia, 87, from Marton, near Middlesbrough, was also hurt.
It is alleged that Veli Acar, 46, let himself into the family villa armed with a pumpaction 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 been flown back to Teesside and was taken to Middlesbrough’s The James Cook University Hospital.
She previously worked as a midwife at the hospital, but more recently had taken on a management role for an oil firm in Dubai.
A post-mortem examination was carried out and Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield opened and adjourned the inquest.
Alex, a former Stokesley School pupil, had already returned 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 have a titanium plate fitted.
The medical undergraduate is said to have taken a year out of his studies, but plans to return to Newcastle University to complete his final year.
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 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 allegedly should have passed on to other local tradesmen.
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