Murder at Charlize Theron's old home
The Benoni property is where Charlize's mother killed her father
A Benoni man has been murdered in same house that actress Charlize Theron grew up in, The Star reported on Wednesday.
The Oscar-winning actress’s mother Gerda shot her husband in self-defence in the same house in 1991.
The man, killed on Friday, Barry Newland, ran his business from the premises on Seventh Road, Rynfield. He repaired and sold cars.
Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Nomsa Sekele said five robbers gained access to the property by pretending to be interested in viewing one of his girlfriend Joy Preft’s cars.
The domestic workers had let them in. They tied Newland up when he got home. They put a plastic bag over his head and left him to suffocate.
The gardener and domestic worker were forced into another room and tied up.
Sekele said Newland was burnt with cigarettes and a clothes iron. Newland’s friend Chris Ehlers denied this.
Police said a cellphone was stolen during Friday’s crime. Preft said a laptop, two cameras, an iPod and gold chain were also taken.
No arrests have been made and police are investigating.
- In 1991, Theron’s mother shot her father when he came home drunk and threatened to kill mother and daughter with his shotgun. Gerda Theron was not prosecuted for the self-defence shooting.
In 2009, Bang Showbiz quoted Charlize as saying she used to lie to people about her father's death, but had since come to terms with it.
The Monster actress was just 15 when her dad returned to their home near Joburg and allegedly started firing bullets through the locked front door, shouting: “I’m going to kill you”. As the teenage Charlize cowered in a bedroom, her mother picked up a gun and shot her husband dead, the reports said.
Charlize says: “Everything changed for me the day my father died.
“Years ago I used to cover it up and say he died in a car accident.
“I have now come to terms with it and have been able to move on.
“This was so long ago in my life and my life, my emotions and the pain are not stuck in this one event.
“For me, this thing happened so long ago and I really just wish people could move on from it.
“I don’t live in the past..
“I’ve had a much bigger life than that one event.”