Princess Anne’s dog breeder friend, 56, was shot dead on Boris Johnson’s family estate by her estranged husband before he turned the shotgun on himself after she left him for another man, inquest hears
- Deborah Zurick, 56, was found dead with shotgun wounds at property last year
- Paramedics called to cottage in Winsford, near Minehead, after the incident
- Husband John Frederick Zurick died in hospital days later after shooting himself
- Mrs Zurick was a dog breeder and trainer who once worked for Princess Anne
A Royal dog breeder shot his estranged wife dead while out on a final stroll with her before turning the gun on himself after she moved in with a new lover, an inquest heard today.
John Zurick, 67, shot Deborah Zurick, 56, twice in the back with a shotgun before turning it on himself at their cottage on the Exmoor estate of Stanley Johnson – the Prime Minister’s father.
Ms Zurick had moved in with a new lover in Ireland and had returned to the cottage to pick up some items when she was killed on February 22 last year.
She returned to the property accompanied by her friend Elizabeth Murphy after appearing ‘nervous’ about the trip the day before. +7
John Zurick, 67, shot Deborah Zurick, 56, twice in the back with a shotgun before turning it on himself at their cottage on the Exmoor estate last year +7
The inquest, which opened last year, previously heard that Southampton-born Zurick was estranged from his wife. Pictured: Debbie and John Zurick with their dogs +7
Paramedics were called to the cottage, on the Prime Minister’s family estate but were unable to save Mrs Zurick (pictured)
In statements read by the coroner, Ms Murphy said after arriving at Nethercote Cottage in Winsford, Mr Zurick, a leading gundog trainer and acquaintance of the Princess Royal, made the pair a cup of tea and was visibly upset.
Mr Zurick then had a private conversation with his wife behind a closed door, before Ms Zurick came out and told Ms Murphy the encounter was ‘intense,’ and that they should leave and return the next day.
Ms Zurick then said she needed to walk the dogs and her husband said he would go with her, the inquest heard.
Her friend remained in the cottage and made herself a coffee, adding that she never saw Mr Zurick with a gun at the time.
Soon after, she saw an ‘agitated’ Mr Zurick ‘flinging open’ the door with a shotgun over his arm before saying: ‘I’ve shot Debbie, and you can f*ck off.’