'Calculating' man kills ex before testimony

2011-09-09 09:24

Durban - Only a day before Catherine Krog would give evidence that her ex-husband was a dangerous man who previously pointed a gun at her, he killed her.

It was her greatest fear realised.

The dramatic tale of abduction and obsession and a short-lived reunion between the mother and her child Isabella came to a bloody end on Thursday when Clint Walley shot Krog and then turned the gun on himself.

Walley earlier this year abducted his daughter from Krog for what would be 11 of the longest days of the young mother’s life.

It is believed that Walley had gained access to the complex where she lived at Mount Edgecombe by scaling security walls with electric fencing.

On Facebook, Krog’s status reads that she was having a late night picnic on the bed with her daughter only four hours before the shots rang out.

'Damning evidence'

Lieutenant Anton Booysen of the Hawks told The Witness that he was expecting to give evidence along with Krog at the Durban Regional Court on Friday in a bid to deny the father of any access to Isabella.

“The trial was in the process, and [Friday] would have been a significant hearing in that I was expected to give my evidence - which was damning,” he said.

But in the early hours of Thursday morning Walley entered the usually secure Kindlewood Estate armed with a 9mm pistol and carried out the execution-style killing before shooting himself through the mouth.

Police said Krog was staying with her cousin, who was in the house at the time of the shooting. He escaped unharmed with the child.

In a previous interview with The Witness, Krog described her ex-husband as “calculating and cruel”.

After Walley abducted her, Isabella was found in a safehouse in Kimberley. Krog revealed at the time that Walley taunted police with e-mails and SMSes that they would never see Isabella again.

In February Walley was denied bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court.


Newspapers reported at the time that the court heard evidence that Walley was possibly a bigamist who had remained married to Melanie Forrester when he married Krog. She was more than 20 years younger than Walley.

Walley’s lawyer, Methmoud Peer, reportedly told the court that while Walley was in custody someone had petrol-bombed his home.

Walley was initially charged with kidnapping, but the charge was dropped because Isabella was his child. He was then charged with failure to comply with a high court order and remanded in custody. He subsequently reapplied for bail and was granted R2 000 bail.

A source said Walley had for the past two months been “squatting” between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, possibly because he was down and out.

Newspapers have reported that Charmaine Wheatley, Krog’s mother, applied to the courts to be given custody of the child, claiming that neither Krog nor Walley were fit parents.


Tributes meanwhile poured in on Facebook on an account dedicated to Isabella and her mother.

Sue Jones wrote, “To the family, I have no words to describe how you must feel. My heart goes out to you all and especially little Bella, who has already suffered a traumatic experience earlier in the year and now has to deal with an even more traumatic experience. May God give you all the strength you will need in this terribly sad time.”

Heather Wright Powell wrote, “So sad. the system fails once again. thoughts go out to all Cat’s close friends and family at this very difficult time. may those who are looking after Bella find the strength to care for this child who is so young yet has gone through a life time of pain!”

Melissa Pennells wrote: “I was awake at 1?am when I saw your post about having a picnic with Bella on your bed, it brought a huge smile to my face and actually made me want my little Jayden who was fast asleep next to me to wake up so we could do the same … I went back to bed with that memory in my mind only to wake up to this tragic news. RIP Cath, may you always be able to keep your protective hand on Bella from up above”.

  • Makutu - 2011-09-09 09:32

    Eish... Some people! Why cut short another person's life? Shame.

      Shadoz - 2011-09-09 12:45

      well i hope that walley is rotting in whatever hell he believes in. Cath may you rest in peace and look over your child.

      TBOOZE - 2011-09-09 12:56

      eishhh Clint!!!! .EX's, I understand but you didn't have to do it

  • position08 - 2011-09-09 09:36

    RIP Cath. It was a pleasure knowing you, sharing with you and discovering God with you. I loved your infectious smile and personality! It will be missed. We met and walked during some interesting times in both our lives - I'm so sorry yours had to end like this. Little Bella is a sweet Angel - she always made us laugh! I know you will be watching her from above. Bye Cath.

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-09-09 09:41

    Poor child, now she has no-one. RIP Catherine.

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-09 09:47

    Peace be

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-09 09:54

    Bastard !

  • zulufox - 2011-09-09 10:02

    apologies for my earlier comment. this is a tragedy, a young life left without parents.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-09 10:24

      Thanks for that Zulufox. Read that and really felt quite surprised and upset. I know the News24 forum is generally quite racist in every single way from all parties. Generally it is politically motivated, not that that it an excuse but it is an understandable reason. This tho has nothing to do with politics. Why this man tho was granted bail i do not understand. It says everywhere he taunted police. Our justice system need to work faster and harsher yet more objectively.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-09 10:27

      Apologies.. Meant i read your and morentebo's earlier comment and was quite upset but appreciate your apology to the forum. Wish more people on this news24 comment section would digest what they spew out

      almosthuman - 2011-09-09 10:53

      well,kudos to those accepting a seemingly honest apology...there have been two very high profile cases of folks apologising profusely for unnacceptable behaviour and yet still they are being dragged over the coals....this is a terrible crime and shouldnt be used as a vehicle for any silly sarcasm.

  • Mike - 2011-09-09 10:08


      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-09 10:29

      Agreed.. You either have to be a 100% model citizen from the day of the charges being brought against you or stay locked up. He failed to comply yet was released on R2000... Unacceptable.

  • Candice Holmes - 2011-09-09 10:17

    NO person deserves this kind of death! The only person being punished now is that little girl! Shame on you Clint for being so selfish! You thought you were doing your daughter a favour but instead you just ripped her life apart! Job well done for proving that you were a better parent than Catherine, you idiot! SO angry with the SA justice sysytem

  • Berrybrook - 2011-09-09 10:25

    This is a terrible tragedy. It should never have happened. But there are always three sides to a story. His side, her side and the truth. Cath was no angel nor was Clint. It is sad that Caths mother did not gain custody when she first applied.If she had got custody, this would not have happened. They poisoned each other to a point of no return. A lot went on bend the scenes that the public are not aware of. May Isabelle grow in the comfort that her parent both loved her dearly.

  • Nedkelly - 2011-09-09 10:39

    Morentebo - thanks for the compliment - calling us whites animals. Animals are gentle, wonderful, loving creatures.

      Thelma - 2011-09-09 10:46

      Agreed 100%

  • khethani.sibanda - 2011-09-09 10:40

    What happened is down outright wrong. I am in dispute with my enstranged Wife over my rights to my son. I feel so powerless losing both my son and Wife. However I voluntarily gave her custody of our lovely son when we seperated in September last year coz I believed and still do that she is a very good and caring mother. What shocked me is that she sent him home to her parents in October without my consent nor even informing me. To this day, I have never seen my son and have lost all hope of ever seeing him. I feel so powerless and betrayed. God is my witness, I too had feelings of doing the same, but thanks to my Church Pastors and dearest friends, I saw the light and chose to keep silent. It is my prayer that one day I will see my lovely Son and we will make up for the time lost. I have respect for every woman who after separating with their man, they allow the father to have a role to play with their child[ren]and allow them meaningful access. To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. No human life deserves any of that. Every child deserves to be loved and nurtured for by their Mum and Dad regardless of the parents' differences with each other. May the Good Lord and Father of the fatherless provide care and support for this orphaned child.

      Oddearring - 2011-09-09 10:49

      Hi Khethani, I think you need a family lawyer. As the father, you have rights too. Keeping silent is not going to help you or your son. If you keep quiet you cannot complain as you are contributing to the situation. Are you paying maintenance? Start negotiating some ground rules.

      Nedkelly - 2011-09-09 10:51

      Sorry for you. I'm sure you are a great father and your son needs a father in his life. You should fight to at least get some visitation rights. Good luck to you.

      Tanya - 2011-09-09 11:06

      Fight for your son. not all mothers do the right thing, they might be good mothers in caring but make bad decissions. Fight for you blood!!!

      Uthando - 2011-09-09 11:06

      I commend you for your strength. It sounds like a very tough situation and most probably impossible to conquor. But please know that you, as a father, do also have rights. It may take a legal battle, which will most probably bring out old feelings of resentment towards the mother, but if you allow yourself to go through it, just think of the prize - sharing custody of your son & watching him grow infront of you. Children dont really care what complications there are between parents. All they need is love & care. To Cath & family: My deepest condolonses. Little Bella: It's gonna be alright, bless your heart; mommy is your angel now.

      Kenno - 2011-09-09 13:50

      Good luck with your situation, and here is hoping that you have a favourable outcome. You sound like a caring father

      Bok Fan - 2011-09-09 13:53

      Eina broer. I sympathise with those who have done their best only to be betrayed in their efforts. Eish Life!!!!!! There is no other option but to keep going, hard as it may be. The sunshine does return if you keep to the right road. Its natures way.

  • Koelsum - 2011-09-09 10:53

    The most COWARDICE act! RIP Catherine! May GOD keep the little one safe & grant her a stunning future....

  • Tanya - 2011-09-09 11:02

    WHen a man threatens a woman and tells her he is going to kill her, authority should really protect that woman, no real man tells anyone you gonna kill them. That is seriuos and why should a woman live with that fear. Most cases thay eventually kill the woman. I have a 3 year old boy and after reading this I want to go home and hug him, just to feel better for that little girl. May God be with you and may your grandmother protect you forever and ever.

  • Coconut - 2011-09-09 11:17

    Maybe the police and the powers that be should take the warning that are given to them more seriously. Why was this ar%ehole let out on bail in the first place? Surely by mere virtue of the fact that he kidnapped his child under very precarious circumstance should have been a MASSIVE warning sign to the court. But NO, the court found it prudent to allow bail. I wonder how the defense attorney now feels about the fact the he fought for bail. I hope that the defense attorney wallows in his own guilt.

  • thabatao - 2011-09-09 11:22

    Does somebody have to commit murder before the bloody Police and courts listen to the victims. What is wrong with our judicial system. This could have been prevented.

  • Swampy - 2011-09-09 11:26

    Tonight I will shave off all my hair in solidarity. Very sad to hear news like this

  • like2comment - 2011-09-09 11:30

    Whenever there is a story about children getting hurt ... anything regarding a child, I get really upset. Some people will do anything to have a little child of their own, but never can. Why some ppl cant see what a wonderful gift it is, confuses me.

  • Ylla - 2011-09-09 11:55

    @zulufox - not every incident or crime in South Africa is a race issue. This is a social and moral issue, as are a lot of the so-called race crimes in this country. By the way, I am not a racist just a realist. I have an equal amount of Coloured, Indian, African and White friends, who all view ourselves as South Africans first and foremost. I love my country and the people in it, but in order to move forward we need to stop looking behind.

  • Jimmyfuse - 2011-09-09 11:55

    absolutely tragic!! the justice system needs to be revised to protect woman and children in a more effective way>> RIP!!!

  • Man can do - 2011-09-09 13:19

    The system? If you have a temporary interdict, SAPS is supposed to take the firearm away? Where did this guy get his firearm?

  • - 2011-09-09 13:30

    Jealousy and obsession are evils in the minds of men.

  • Janice - 2011-09-09 13:36


  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-09 13:37

    With a name like Wally the outcome is inevitable. R I P Catherine

  • Optimus-Prime - 2011-09-09 13:40


  • Point Blank - 2011-09-09 13:46

    And we all worked so hard to find Walley when he ran off the first time... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... this makes me sooooooooo frigging angry, the son of a bitch!!

  • Numb - 2011-09-09 13:48

    F'ing pig. Hope the devil is raping you in hell for eternity!

  • NATO OFFICE - 2011-09-09 14:03

    So sad, we pray for the child.God help this child. Amen

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-09 14:24

    She MUST have seen the signs of his behaviour BEFORE the wedding !! Or was it a flash in the pan affair ??

  • betweenu&me - 2011-09-09 14:49

    If you're in a volatile relationship with someone - don't marry them!! And definitely don't have children with them!! These tragedies can be avoided by making the right choices in life...

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-09 15:20

    When every second counts, the police are only minutes away.

  • ChrisW - 2011-09-09 16:21

    And more criminals will be back on the street with mimimal bail fees next week.......

  • Janine - 2011-09-09 20:08

    Why oh why was this man given bail in the first place? This could have been avoided if he had been kept in jail. Just awful.

  • AwakenSA - 2011-09-14 11:10

    The 'system' is so engineered that it is scared witless to do right, lest it hurt the feelings, or injure the pride, or infiltrates the 'rights' of those with murder on their minds. It has resulted in yet another jealous coward killing, which should never have happened. You play with a gun, we put you away - that's it ! You threaten murder, we put you away ! What more do we want, for crying out loud ! Tragic and unnecessary, all because we are too afraid to put known criminals where they belong. We have failed this lady, her daughter and her family, because we forgot about her own right to protection, in a situation known to be extremely volatile. She paid the supreme price for our abject neglect of her, whilst we were pandering to the 'rights' of her murderer. My apologies for the inopportune 'rant' at this terrible time, but like you, I am angry beyond measure, as I am deeply saddened. Just because the world is mad, do we also have to be? Or will we do what is right in future, and act before it is too late, and make sure this never happens again? RIP, dear soul.

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