‘Cap­tain Porn’ blud­geoned to death

Neigh­bours be­lieve he died an un­changed man

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TSHEGO LEPULE

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the grue­some mur­der of an el­derly con­victed pae­dophile who was blud­geoned and left for dead in his Ke­nil­worth flat.

The man is said to be 74-year-old Don­ald “Don” Bridge, who was dubbed Cap­tain Porn af­ter it was re­vealed that dur­ing his time as a port cap­tain, in the early 90s, in the fish­ing town of Port Nol­loth, he preyed on boys be­tween the ages of 12 and 18, sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them and at times film­ing them.

The at­tack is be­lieved to have taken place in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing. Po­lice and paramedics were called to Bridge’s flat 12 hours later and he was rushed to Groote Schuur Hos­pi­tal, where he died on Fri­day.

In 2002, Bridge was con­victed in the Cape Town Re­gional Court of en­gag­ing in in­de­cent sex­ual acts with young boys. He pleaded guilty to 15 charges and was sen­tenced to seven years’ im­pris­on­ment.

Be­fore that, the Bri­tish-born man had two prior con­vic­tions – the first where he paid a R1 000 fine for pos­ses­sion of pornog­ra­phy in 1985 and the sec­ond came four years later when he was fined R3 000 and handed a three­year sus­pended sen­tence for com­mit­ting in­de­cent acts against boys.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain FC van Wyk said ac­cord­ing to their re­ports, a care­taker at the build­ing block found the el­derly man in­side his room cov­ered in blood.

“The in­jured per­son sus­tained in­juries to his arms, legs and had bruises on his face,” he said.

“He was taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal where he later died due to in­juries sus­tained.

“A mur­der case was reg­is­tered for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this in­ci­dent are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with no ar­rests so far.

“Po­lice de­tec­tives are work­ing around the clock in an ef­fort to find the per­pe­tra­tors,” Van Wyk said.

At the time of his death, Bridge had been liv­ing in the area for a num­ber of years and neigh­bours sus­pected he had not given up his old ways.

Dur­ing his 1999 ar­rest af­ter two par­ents laid crim­i­nal charges, po­lice searched his home and found more than 600 videos Bridge made with his vic­tims.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors who tes­ti­fied at his trial, Bridge, who lived close to a school, would lure young boys to his home where he would coax them into mas­tur­bat­ing with him and per­form­ing oral and anal sex while he filmed.

Speak­ing to Week­end Ar­gus on con­di­tion of anonymity, neigh­bours said Bridge was often seen with young boys who he claimed he was help­ing with com­puter work or teach­ing them how to drive.

“He was very cun­ning be­cause he al­ways had an ex­pla­na­tion for ev­ery­thing; those boys were too young to be learn­ing how to drive,” said one neigh­bour.

“And on Wednes­day night he was seen com­ing in with some peo­ple, so it is likely that this at­tack hap­pened in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing but he was only found in the af­ter­noon.

“He had been beaten to within an inch of his life; paramedics even had to restart his heart at one point.”

The neigh­bour said no­body could be sure of what hap­pened as no one heard any­thing. Po­lice have re­quested that any­one with more in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent con­tact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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