Princess Anne’s pal shot dead by husband after she found new lover

A HUSBAND shot his royal dog breeder wife dead before turning the gun on himself after she moved in with a new lover, 'n geregtelike doodsondersoek gehoor.

Princess Anne’s pal Deborah Zurick, 56, was blasted twice in the back by John Zurick, 67, at the cottage where Boris Johnson grew up in Exmoor.

Debbie Zurick, 56, was shot dead at her Somerset farmhouse

Debbie Zurick, 56, was shot dead at her Somerset farmhouse
Debbie and her husband John (tweede regs) were friends with Princess Anne

Debbie and her husband John (tweede regs) were friends with Princess Anne

He then told her friendIf I can’t have her no one canbefore shooting himself dead with the sawn-off shotgun.

An inquest heard today Deborah had returned to the cottage in February last year to pick up her belongings after moving in a new partner in Ireland.

She had beennervousabout the trip and was accompanied by pal Elizabeth Murphy.

Deborah and Zurick had an “intens” encounter but he later joined her as she went to walk her dogs in the rural countryside.

But Elizabeth told how Zurick returned home carrying a shotgun, vertel haar: “I’ve shot Debbie, and you can f**k off.

‘DEBBIE IS DEAD

She pleaded with him to call an ambulance but the raging gunman instead shoved her into an office and then a stables after realising she could escape.

After a failed attempt to kill himself in his car, Elizabeth said she heard Zurick confirmI’m going to shoot myselfbefore asking her if she could telleveryone I’m sorry”.

Terrified Elizabeth said she heard a muffled bang and emerged from the stable 20 minutes later to find Deborahflat on ground on her back.

Armed cops swooped on the cottage and discovered Zurick in an outbuilding with a shotgun wound to the head.

He was later declared dead in hospital on February 27.

The inquest was told friend Heidrun Humphries had text Zurick saying she hoped the meeting with Deborah had gone well.

But he replied: “Didn’t go too well. So sorry.

In a further message, Zurick told her: “Debbie is dead. I will be in a moment. So sorry.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, bel 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat serviceavailable every day from 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

A coroner today ruled Deborah was unlawfully killed by Zurick, who then committed suicide.

The inquest was told Deborah had met her husband when she was 12 and the pair married seven years later.

But their marriage was consumed by Zurick’s battle with alcoholwith the breeder sometimes downing three bottles of wine a night.

Deborah also told pals she feltunsupportedby her husband after she was previously diagnosed with cancer and she eventually told him she was leaving two months before her death.

In January last year, Zurick was arrested for drink-driving and threatened to harm himself while in custody.

As gevolg daarvan, police seized firearms in the property after Zurick, who held a firearms licence, led them to two gun cabinets in the house.

But the inquest was told it has not been established who the shotgun used in the incident belonged to or why it was at the cottage.

Tony Williams, senior coroner for Somerset, gesê: “Deborah Zurick was shot twice in the back by John using a shotgun and subsequently he turned the gun on himself.

As to Deborah’s death, there was no evidence that suggested self-defence or accident, only that John intended to end Deborah’s life in the most calculated way.

John then deliberately discharged the shotgun with the intention of ending his life.

The couple trained and bred gundogs for a living and were part of the Working Clumber Spaniel Society which boasts Prinses Anne as president.

Speaking after the tragedy, a spokesperson for the royal said: “The Princess Royal is saddened to hear of the death of Mrs Debbie Zurick.

She will be sorely missed as secretary of the Working Clumber Spaniel Society.

A coroner ruled Zurick shot his wife dead before killing himself

A coroner ruled Zurick shot his wife dead before killing himselfKrediet: Facebook
Deborah had finally left her husband after 30 jare

Deborah had finally left her husband after 30 jare
She had only returned to the cottage to pick her belongings up

She had only returned to the cottage to pick her belongings up
Boris Johnson pictured visiting the property and posing with the couple's dog

Boris Johnson pictured visiting the property and posing with the couple’s dogKrediet: Facebook
Deborah's body was discovered outside the farmhouse

Deborah’s body was discovered outside the farmhouseKrediet: BPM Media