Another killing in Charlize’s former home
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.