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Two arrested over shot man murder
Fred Picton-Turbervill. Pic Beeld
Fred Picton-Turbervill leaves five children. Photo: Beeld
Police in South Africa have charged two men in connection with the murder of a south Wales father-of-five who was shot at his home in Pretoria.

The two men, both in their 20s, were arrested at a house in Thembisa, police have said.

It followed the death of 46-year-old Fred Picton-Turbervill who was shot in front of his family on 5 January.

The men are due to appear before Pretoria Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with murder and armed robbery.

They are also expected to be charged with pointing a firearm.

Police have said the during the arrest of the two men, stolen items were recovered they are now investigating if the two men are linked to a series of other robberies in the area.

Mr Picton-Turbervill, originally from Ewenny in the Vale of Glamorgan, died after a raid at his home in the Waterkloof Ridge area of Pretoria.

The inquiry into his death has been led by Sgt Wimpie Van Den Heever of Brooklyn police station.

In a statement, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said: "Two men, one armed with a firearm, entered the Picton-Turbervill property on Saturday night and held the family, including four young children, at gunpoint.

"One of the suspects shot Mr Picton-Turbervill in the head, apparently without any warning and together with his accomplice, made off with 1,000 rand [75] in cash, cellular phones and a laptop.

"The SAPS's National Crime Intelligence Division worked closely with Sergeant Van den Heever in locating the two suspects.

"Both suspects, in their early 20s were arrested a short while ago at their house in Thembisa.

Ursula Picton-Turbervill (Pic courtesy of Beeld)
Ursula Picton-Turbervill said she is considering living in Wales

"Police also discovered stolen items at the suspects' premises, items believed to have been taken in other house robberies.

"Detectives are now investigating the possibility that these men were involved in a spate of robberies."

Mr Picton-Turbervill's funeral was held on Thursday and it is believed his ashes will be scattered grounds of the 12th Century Ewenny Priory, near Bridgend, where his father Richard and stepmother Ann live.

His wife, Ursula, has said she is considering moving to the UK with their children following his death.

Mr Picton-Turbervill's son Jamie, from a previous relationship, was celebrating his 21st birthday in the UK on the day of the shooting.

He flew to South Africa with Mr Picton-Turbervill's mother, Catherine, 78, a Vale of Glamorgan councillor.

Former rugby player Mr Picton-Turbervill, who ran a furniture firm in Lancashire before moving to South Africa, died at hospital in Pretoria an hour after the robbery.


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