Murder victim’s daughter appeals for information

Family of murdered Wellingborough pensioner Karoly 'Charlie' Varga put up a �10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.  Daughter Rita Groves appeals for information
Family of murdered Wellingborough pensioner Karoly 'Charlie' Varga put up a �10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer. Daughter Rita Groves appeals for information

The daughter of a pensioner killed in his Wellingborough home has made a heartfelt plea for information about her father’s murder.

Rita Groves, 42, said the murder of her father, Karoly Varga, 76, who was know locally as Charlie, at his home in Cannon Street, Wellingborough, on July 30, 2011, has had a devastating affect on her family.

They are now offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the murderer, after the case against Elemer Patakfalvi, 47, was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mrs Groves said: “I just want them to give themselves up. How that person can live with themselves is beyond me.

“Nothing that we do would ever bring dad back, but it would bring closure to a degree and make us sleep easier at night.

“Whoever it was, I wouldn’t want them to do it to someone else and they don’t deserve to live a normal life.”

Speaking about the family’s decision to put up the reward, she said: “We just think that we are at this stage, almost a year on to that date when my father was murdered, so we just think at this time we need help from the public.

“We just think that at this stage a reward might help people to come forward. We wanted to offer something that was substantial enough for people to come forward.”

She added: “I can’t believe that nobody saw this man, or this person, leaving dad’s house.

“He would have had blood on his clothes. he was carrying a weapon – an axe-like weapon – someone must have seen something, it’s a busy area. However insignificant they might think it is.”

Mrs Groves described her father as a private and caring man who would help people that came over to the country and were unable to speak English well.

She said: “He would help them to get registered with a doctor and help them to get a TV license.”

Mrs Groves added: “He was murdered in his own home and he didn’t deserve it. We just want justice.

“I just miss him so much. It just all feels so surreal and it’s really difficult to come to terms with. It’s something that you don’t ever think will happen to someone that you know.”

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Knichin said: “I would praise the bravery and dignity of the family, who continue to give us their utmost support in the investigation.

“It’s not starting again. We are a year in to the investigation and that year’s worth of work isn’t wasted. There are lots of leads to follow.

“We are continuing to seek the missing pieces of the jigsaw. We are still looking for the evidence that will finally pinpoint who the killer is.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Telegraph, out on Thursday.