Donald “Don” Bridge, 74, 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 filming them.
The attack is believed to have taken place early 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 was fined R1 000 for possession of pornography in 1985 and the second came four years later when he was fined R3 000 and handed a 3-year suspended sentence for committing indecent acts against boys.
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said according to reports, a building caretaker found the elderly man inside his room covered in blood.
“The victim 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. A murder case was registered for investigation, with no arrests so far.”
Bridge had been living in the area for a number of years and neighbours suspected he failed to give up his old ways.
During his 1999 arrest after two parents laid charges, police searched his home finding more than 600 videos Bridge had made.
The court heard Bridge lured boys to his home where he coaxed them into masturbating and performing oral and anal sex while he filmed.