Shoalhaven News

Emotional plea for help over Sanctuary Point man's murder


The parents of a man murdered in Sanctuary Point in July have made an emotional plea for information to help police catch the man who killed their son.

Former soldier David McArthur was living in a caravan park in Ethel Street while trying to get his life back together during a battle with post traumatic stress disorder.

But dad Stuart McArthur said his progress was brought to a premature end when he died as the result of a single stab wound to the chest on July 25th.

“David was a proud Australian who loved life and was a generous man - he didn’t deserve to die in the circumstances which he did," Stuart said.

He described 49-year-old David as "a wonderful son".

"He was a larrikin, a good fellow, a great bloke and a great Australian.

"He didn't put up with any silly nonsense, he loved his country, supported the government, he was a good fellow," Stuart said.

David's love of his country included six years serving in the Army, but he left with PTSD that he was continuing to battle, according to his father.

Standing beside wife Susan and wearing badges bearing David's image and his oft-used phrase "I love my mum", Stuart said his son's death had left a huge hole in many lives.

"David wasn't a person in isolation, he leaves behind his sisters, his daughter, his son, and his 15-month-old grandson," the Sanctuary Point man said.

"We do appeal for our community, for help to solve this, because it's the right and just thing to do."


Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said police were called to the caravan park just after 8pm by a neighbour who head a commotion and then David calling for help.

Officers arrived to find David on the floor near the entrance to his cabin, suffering a single stab wound to the chest in what was believed to have been a targeted attack.

A person was seen fleeing the caravan park moments after the stabbing.

Inspector Walpole said police had been reviewing CCTV footage and information from the public as part of the inquiry.

He said police were still trying to ascertain a motive behind the attack.

"The assistance we're after is if anyone has knowledge of why David may have been attacked on that night.

"We've got a number of lines of inquiries, but we haven't been able to come to a conclusion on exactly what the motive for David's attack may have been," Inspector Walpole said.

Strike Force Frawley was set up soon after the murder in an effort to catch the culprit.

“Strike Force Frawley investigators will remain in the Shoalhaven area this week, interviewing additional witnesses and conducting a further canvass of several areas of interest," Inspector Walpole said.

“Detectives are particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have information relating to several persons seen leaving the caravan park around the time of David’s murder."

Images: Glenn Ellard and NSW Police

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