Sensless slaying

2013-08-21 00:00

EIGHTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD vintage car enthusiast Bill Daly and his two dogs were a familiar sight in Morningside.

Yesterday, his relatives, neighbours and friends were trying to come to terms with his senseless murder, amid fears of increased crime in the suburb.

Daly will be buried on Friday, with his two dogs, Suzy and Wendy.

The pets were euthanased on Monday, hours after his body was discovered in the garden of his home.

Daly’s body was found by his employee of 28 years, Maureen Ngema.

His hands and feet were bound and a cloth was around his neck. He had been strangled.

Ngema made the gruesome discovery at about noon after returning from a hospital visit.

Police said Daly, who would have turned 89 in November, had probably been on his way to deposit his church’s Sunday offerings. A deposit slip was found on him.

Daly’s heartbroken niece, Trish Lee, said her uncle had not deserved to die like that.

Speaking of his dogs she said: “They were his girls. He’d walk them on the beach every Thursday.”

Lee said her uncle had not wanted to go to an old age home.

“He said he was going to go when his dogs died.”

Daly was the last surviving son of the family who founded the famous fruit cordial company W. Daly and Son.

He owned a 1936 MG VA, a 1958 MG Magnette, a 1959 Morris Minor, and a post-war Daimler.

Showing the last cellphone photo she had taken of her uncle in the garden, metres away from where he would be murdered, Lee said: “He looked at the picture and said: ‘I look like an old tortoise’.”

Another relative, Robert Lyle, said Daly had never married, but had taken care of his mother, Thelma, until the day she died in 1998 aged 101.

“There are so many people he looked after and … talked to. I don’t think we’ll ever know how many.

“He deserved to die in his bed a happy man,” he said.

A shaken Ngema (67) described Daly as a good man.

“He let me stay with my family in his home. He knew my son and nephew and he loved them,” she said.

Daly’s killer ransacked her cottage and stole her son’s money and clothes.

Chris Brown, the secretary of the MG Car Club in KwaZulu-Natal, said vintage car enthusiasts were shocked to hear of Daly’s death.

Daly became a member of the club in 1998 and had taken over his father’s 1936 MG VA and restored it.

“He always wore a blazer no matter how hot it was, even if he was wearing shorts,” Brown laughed.

A Durban High School old boy, every year Daly would parade and drive guests of honour in his 1936 MG VA around the rugby field during the Founder’s Day celebrations.

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MORNINGSIDE Community Policing Forum chairperson Anthony Melville said yesterday that while there was an increase in break-ins in the suburb — particularly early morning ones — murders were not common.

One of the armed response companies in Morningside, Blue Security, told The Witness there had been a “dramatic spike” in contact crimes and housebreakings in Durban during the first half of this year.

This was the case in many areas, from Umhlanga and Durban North to the Berea, Westville, Pinetown, Kloof, Hillcrest, Assegai and as far south as Amanzimtoti.

Blue Security managing director Darryn le Grange said Morningside was one of the suburbs worst hit by rising crime: “The reality is that waves of housebreakings and theft have been shown to precede violent crimes.”

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