Son of murdered Northallerton mum pleaded with gardener gunman

Catherine Bury, 56, fled from a gunman in Turkey and locked herself in the bathroom but the assailant blasted through the upmarket Villa door and shot her four times with a shotgun. Picture courtesy of rossparry.co.uk/syndication
Catherine Bury, 56, fled from a gunman in Turkey and locked herself in the bathroom but the assailant blasted through the upmarket Villa door and shot her four times with a shotgun. Picture courtesy of rossparry.co.uk/syndication
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The son of a Northallerton woman shot dead in her holiday home in Turkey has described how he pleaded with the gunman to stop the attack.

Alex Bury, whose mother, Catherine Anne Bury, was killed on Monday morning, said he tried to reason with alleged gunman Veli Acar before he opened fire on Ms Bury, 56.

Mr Bury and his grandmother Cecilia Bury needed hospital treatment after being caught up in the shooting.

Speaking from his bed in Mugla University Hospital, Mr Bury, 24, said he recognised the gunman as Acar, their gardener who was said to have been in a relationship with Ms Bury, who was known as Anne.

Acar had apparently threatened the family earlier that weekend but was later released by police and returned, armed, to the Bury villa in the resort of Dalyan at around 5am on Monday.

Mr Bury, who has a leg injury, said: “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 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.”

Acar then gunned down Ms Bury as she cowered in the villa bathroom, it was reported.

The death of Ms Bury has been confirmed by the Turkish ministry of culture and tourism, and her son, Alex, is said to still be in hospital. Ms Bury’s mother, who is in her 80s, has been discharged after treatment.

Acar is said to have given himself up after the shooting and is due in court.

The ministry statement said: “The death of British citizen (Catherine) Anne Bury, and the wounding by shooting of her son Alexander Gerard Bury and mother Cecilia Bury, in Turkey’s south-western town of Dalyan is currently being investigated by the relevant authorities.

“The chief suspect has been arrested and is currently under custody, while a full investigation is under way.”

Ms Bury had trained as a midwife and had been working for an oil company in Dubai in a health role.

Her son Alex worked at a local hotel, the Cleveland Tontine, after taking a year out of university but was hoping to restart his studies in medicine.

The owners of the Cleveland Tontine paid tribute to Alex, saying that during his time there he was “a delightful young man” and “a joy to work with”.

A statement from the hotel said: “Everyone at the Cleveland Tontine is extremely shocked and saddened to hear the dreadful news about Alex Bury and his family.

“Alex worked at the Cleveland Tontine up until last year as a waiter, over a period of five years. He is a delightful young man, a joy to work with and much loved by customers and colleagues alike.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to all the family and our hopes for a full and speedy recovery to Alex.”