The Mercury

An­other killing in Char­l­ize’s for­mer home

- Bren­dan Roane Crime · Viral · Celebrities · Incidents · Charlize Theron · Benoni

A MAN was mur­dered last Fri­day by an armed gang in his Benoni home, the same house ac­tress Char­l­ize Theron grew up in.

The Os­car-win­ning ac­tress’s mother also shot her fa­ther in self-de­fence in the house in 1991.

The man who was killed last week, Barry New­land, ran his busi­ness from the premises on Seventh Road, Ryn­field. He re­paired and sold cars. New­land’s girl­friend, Joy Preft, said he had left her house last Fri­day, the morn­ing he was mur­dered.

“I said good­bye, I’ll see you later,” said Preft.

Five sus­pects had gained ac­cess to the prop­erty by pre­tend­ing to be in­ter­ested in view­ing one of Preft’s cars, said a po­lice spokes­woman, Nomsa Sekele.

A ti­tle deed search con­firmed the prop­erty had been trans­ferred into Charles Ja­cobus Theron’s name in 1980.

A per­son liv­ing nearby also con­firmed that Theron had grown up in the house.

In 1991, Charles Theron was shot by his wife, Gerda, af­ter he had al­legedly re­turned home drunk and ag­gres­sive.

He had threat­ened to kill both the mother and daugh­ter with his shot­gun.

In an in­ter­view with ABC News in 2004, the ac­tress said the drunk man had fired the gun into her room be­fore her mother shot him us­ing a hand­gun.

Gerda was never pros­e­cuted for the shoot­ing, which was be­lieved to have been in self­de­fence.


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