Plea for re­turn of mem­o­ries

PRE­CIOUS PHO­TOS STOLEN

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

THEY say a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words but for Karl Mueller the pho­tographs of the last mo­ments he had with his part­ner of 45 years, who died from brain can­cer in July, are worth far more.

The Belle­vue res­i­dent at­tended the Wan­neroo Swap Meet, on De­cem­ber 10, where $100 and his smart­phone were stolen from his blue Volk­swa­gen Kombi about 8.30am, af­ter he left them unat­tended to help a buyer carry goods to her car.

Mr Mueller said he was dis­traught, not about the money or the phone, but the loss of ir­re­place­able pho­tographs of his and Leonard (Len) Dun­don’s faux wed­ding at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

In 2014, Mr Dun­don was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma.

He was in re­mis­sion but in Fe­bru­ary last year col­lapsed sud­denly and was sent to hos­pi­tal, where he dis­cov­ered the can­cer had moved to his brain.

A week be­fore Mr Dun­don passed, he was taken to Fiona Stan­ley due to a delu­sional episode.

Mr Mueller said he had fol­lowed the am­bu­lance but on the way was in a car ac­ci­dent. “Some­one ran into the back of me,” he said. “I was un­con­scious and taken to Mid­land Emer­gency. “The next day I took a train to visit Len and we joked that we didn’t need wed­ding rings with both of us wear­ing hos­pi­tal bands. “Two of the nurses must have over­heard and sug­gested we have a ‘cer­e­mony’ at the ward, so we did.” Mr Dun­don died in Mr Mueller’s arms on their an­niver­sary. “I couldn’t have shared my life with a bet­ter per­son; not many peo­ple can say that,” Mr Mueller said. The in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Wan­neroo Po­lice, any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pho­tographs of Karl Mueller and his part­ner were stolen from his Kombi van re­cently. In­set: Karl and part­ner Leonard Dun­don cel­e­brat­ing Leonard’s birth­day in 2016.

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