Executed great-granny was target

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 06 Januari 2015 | 20.01

Police are still trying to identify a man with a distinctive limp caught on CCTV footage near the home of murdered grandmother Helen Dawson Key

POLICE believe a great-grandmother gunned down in her Sydney home was the killer's intended target.

Homicide Squad detectives investigating the murder of 75-year-old Helen Dawson Key have been searching for a motive for the November 19 shooting.

At the time they said they were baffled. "We are, frankly, at a loss as to why someone would want to target her," Detective Superintendent Michael Willing, the commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters.

A number of theories — including mistaken identity — are being examined but a police spokeswoman told news.com.au detectives believed Mrs Dawson Key was the target and her death was not a random attack.

Helen Dawson Key, 75, was killed on November 19, 2014. She was shot in the head while she stood at the doorway. Source: Supplied

Police would not say why they believed the "well liked and respected" woman was shot dead in her Toongabbie home, in Sydney's west.

"We are working on a number of lines of inquiry, which we are not at liberty to discuss."

She lived at the home for over 30 years and had no known enemies or links to crime. Investigators have been looking at all aspects of her life to find clues to the execution-style killing.


Her front door was open but her screen door was shut — suggesting she went to answer a knock at the door when the bullet passed through and hit her in the head.

A bowling friend from the Toongabbie Sports Club found her body the next day.

Detectives from Strike Force Elermore have spoken with a number of people as part of their investigation, including Mrs Dawson Key's family and friends.

To add to the mystery CCTV footage of a man captured in nearby McCoy Park has emerged. Police say they want to speak to him but so far, despite a number of calls from the public, he has not been identified.

Police say they still need the public's help in catching Helen Dawson Key's killer. Source: Supplied

Helen Dawson Key...Had no known enemies or links to crime. Source: Supplied

Police believe the man — dressed in dark clothing and with a distinctive limp — may have vital information.

"This man has a very recognisable walk and we believe he can help us with the investigation," a police source told The Daily Telegraph.

Mrs Dawson Key's family are devastated.

A sister, Noelle Hitchcock, couldn't understand how her gentle sister could be the victim of such a violent crime.

"Why? Why would something like this happen to someone like her?"

She was convinced it was mistaken identity.

The home of 75-year-old great grandmother Helen Dawson Key who was killed at her front door in Toongabbie. Source: News Corp Australia

Helen Dawson Key's killer was standing at the front door of her home when they fired the shot that killed her. Source: News Corp Australia

"I can't think of any other reason really, I just can't. Because nobody would have any reason to do it."

Another sister, Narelle Window, spoke of the horror of having a sibling killed in such a cold blooded way.

"I just hope she didn't suffer and it was quick ... That she didn't have to suffer too much," Ms Window told 9 News.

"It's just all unanswered questions ... You keep saying why, and who. It's just not right."

The police spokeswoman said help from the public was still needed.

"Again, we ask anyone with information that can assist us in that respect to come forward."

+Anyone who has any information that can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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