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Family of holiday home shootings suspect make relationship claims
6:26pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE family of a gardener who allegedly shot a healthcare manager dead at her Turkish villa, have claimed the pair had been a couple for several years.
Relatives of Veli Acar, suspected of killing Anne Bury, of Swainby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, on Monday, said the 46-year-old had lived with the leading patient safety expert and "enjoyed a happy love together".
The gardener’s father, Dursan Acar, 77, said the pair had lived “like man and wife”, adding that Miss Bury’s son, Alex, had been unaware of the relationship.
The former James Cook University Hospital midwife died after Mr Acar allegedly burst into her holiday home in the Turkish resort of Dalyan brandishing a shotgun, before opening fire on her son, Alex, 24, and mother, Cecilia, 87, of Nunthorope, Middlesbrough.
He is then said to have chased Miss Bury, who had hours earlier held a party to celebrate her 56th birthday, up three flights of stairs and blasted the lock off the bathroom door where she was hiding, before shooting her four times.
Newcastle University graduate and former Stokesley School pupil Mr Bury is recovering in hospital following surgery for the leg wounds he sustained, while his grandmother has been discharged from hospital after suffering back injuries.
Mr Acar, who was employed by Miss Bury as a gardener, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.
Cecila Bury and Miss Bury’s brothers, John and Jerome, have dismissed claims that she and Mr Acar were in a relationship.
Miss Bury’s family said in a statement: “We cannot comprehend the mentality of somebody who would do this to three lovely people who would never harm anybody.”
However, speaking through a translator, Mr Acar's sister, Hulya, said: "All that my father and we know is that he was in love with her and he loved her very much.
“They came here and my mother and others looked after them very well. They were very happy, so we are really confused now."
In a police statement, Mr Acar is reported to have claimed he and Miss Bury had been a couple for six years.
He said: "The last year to a year and a half she changed towards me and started humiliating me and diminishing my character.
"I warned her about it and we had a discussion about it."
Mr Acar claimed he had "made up" with Miss Bury last Sunday and had attended her party.
He told police: "But after that she kept on humiliating me. I lost control and killed her.”
Mr Acar divorced another British woman, Ruth McGarry, 53, three years ago, after finding messages on his phone from Miss Bury.
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