The half-empty monty

When is a police investigation complete? When they say so of course.

Detective Inspector Nathan Eason, of Scotland Yard, has just told a court that the investigation into the death of Geoffrey Bacon, 90, who was left for dead after returning home from a shopping trip, was “complete”, despite the mugger who caused his death never being brought to justice, seven years after the assault.

Bacon’s main claim to fame was that he was Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s chauffeur on D-Day in 1944.

One day in April 2010 Bacon returned home when a thief attacked him from behind and punched him in the face. As he fell to the floor he broke his hip and, after several weeks, died of a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot traveled up from his hip.

The mugger ransacked his flat and escaped with £40 and Bacon’s bus pass.

His son Philip said in 2010: “If we were in the 1940s he wouldn’t have tried it on with my Dad. My Dad would have ripped his head off. He was a very tough and fit soldier.”

Picture source: EG Malindine  (Capt), Army Film & Photographic Unit