Family remains baffled over murder

Jimmy McGlinchey.

A week after the brutal murder of 94-year-old Hayfield’s pensioner, Jimmy McGlinchey, his family is still battling to come to terms with his death.
Dino Santoro, his son-in-law, said the family could not get over why their loved family member had to be killed so brutally.
“This was a senseless killing of an absolutely good gentleman and family man with so much love and humility. When the neighbours contacted my wife, Alison (McGlinchey’s daughter), to tell us what happened, it is not a call anyone would want to get,” said Santoro.
“It is still hard to process but we hope that the perpetrators are found and brought to book for their evil unjust deed,” he said.
McGlinchey was brutally murdered at his home in Laurence Crescent last Wednesday. Intruders gained access to the home by forcing their way through the kitchen door and strangled the pensioner to death.
The brazen intruders made away with two Persian rugs and a VW Polo car. The vehicle was recovered in Mount Ayliff, Eastern Cape a day later, confirmed Alexandra SAPS spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo.
Neighbours told Public Eye that they were in disbelief that something so dastardly could take place in the quiet suburb.
“It is just sad. You can never be too careful of crime and it is on the rise. It is just shocking. He was harmless. He lived his life to a ripe old age to be killed in such a brutal way is unacceptable,” said one of the neighbours.
McGlinchey, originally from Scotland, moved to Zambia and later in the 1970s to South Africa where he owned a trucking and delivery business.
Since the incident, a 24-hour security guard has been placed at the home.
McGlinchey is survived by his daughter, and two sons, Mark and Stewart McGlinchey, who both live in Australia.
Alexandra SAPS police precinct Community Policing Forum Chairperson Milton Ngcolosi urged residents, specifically the elderly, to exercise caution with strangers.
“Never allow people who you’re not familiar with into your home without alerting anyone close to you. As the community policing forum, we advise visibility at all times, such as making policing forums aware of your living situation or joining the forum so that routine patrols by community members can be done,” added Ngcolosi.
The incident comes after the city was rocked by three brutal murders of elderly residents at old age homes by 22-year-old Kershwin Goldstone who was sentenced to three life sentences earlier this year.

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Bongeka Sibisi
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