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Dog world mourns murdered exhibitor

Issue: 07/02/2020

Dave Williams and Eva pictured at Cardiff show on Sunday January 26th

A popular and much loved Dobermann exhibitor has allegedly been murdered.
David Williams, 73, from Glynneath, Nr. Swansea was well known in the Dobermann fraternity. He was a member of the Dobermann Welfare Association and a number of other canine clubs, and he loved showing dogs.
Mr Williams’ body was found in a lane underneath a viaduct. It is thought he was struck on the head with a glass bottle whilst confronting a man who was drunk.
His family are devastated by his loss and they issued a short statement that said, ‘David was a very loving and generous person who would go out of his way to help anyone he could. He was very well known in the dog showing community and he will be missed very much.’
Sue James, regional officer of the Dobermann Welfare Association, was a friend of David for 30 years.
She told OUR DOGS, ‘He was an absolute gentleman. You only have to look at my Facebook page to see the hundreds of tributes that have been written about him.
‘He loved showing dogs and he was always encouraging to people coming forward helping them to get involved. I can’t get my head round it. Everybody’s in shock. Thirty years is a long time to know someone. The whole family is affected. One silly stupid act of malicious violence has impacted on his family and hundreds of other people.
‘He took in a rescue dog called Franz. I was on the phone and was told about this rescue dog. David was at my house and said, ‘Bring him down, I’ll take it.’ I explained it was a rescue dog but he said, ‘Me and Franz will be fine.’ And they were fine until the day Franz died. He didn’t think anything of taking in a rescue dog.

Minute’s silence

Mr Williams had two dogs Otto and Eva. A friend has taken in Eva but Otto will have to be rehomed. Sue is hopeful that she has found a new owner for Otto but she was frustrated about the number of time wasters who got in touch.
At Crufts there will be a minute’s silence in the Dobermann ring in honour of Mr Williams. There will also be a minute’s silence in honour of David at the upcoming show at Swansea and District Canine Club.
Sue James also said: ‘He was a grounded bloke. Wouldn’t do anyone any harm. He loved a good gossip and in thirty years of friendship we never had a cross word. When he was showing he would be in a sweat and he was still the same Dave as when he started, a diamond geezer. He idolised his dogs and he was my best friend.’
Mr Williams was also a member of Merthyr Tydfil Ringcraft who issued a statement, ‘It’s with great sadness and disbelief that we learn of the tragic passing of our trainer Dave Williams.
‘Everyone who knew Dave would agree that he was a true gentleman and genuine down to earth person.
‘He had been around the dog show circuit for probably 40 years, always quick to offer advice and support to new comers with his vast knowledge.
‘He will be greatly missed. by all who knew him.
‘Our thoughts are with his wife Pearl and family xx
‘RIP Dave.’
Langstone and District Canine Society also said, ‘The officers, committee and members of the club would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of David William’s who has sadly and tragically taken from us far too soon. 
‘David was always one to have a chat ringside and was a great supporter of the South Wales Open Shows particularly but also further afield and was often to be seen at Langstone events.
‘He was known for his immaculately turned out Dobermanns and his own very dapper dress sense. He was one to whisper his championship show wins rather than shout it from the rooftops but was always very proud of his and his dogs’ successes.
‘Special people within our fancy are always missed but it is especially so in David’s case due to the nature of his departure. May his beautiful dogs and his wonderful demeanour be his legacy.’
A 28-year-old man, Kyle Bowen, has been charged by Police on suspicion of murder.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Darren George, of South Wales Police’s major crime team, said, ‘A murder investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body in the Pontwalby area of Glynneath early yesterday evening.
‘I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the Pontwalby area between 2pm and 8pm on Monday 27 January evening who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.
‘The investigation is in its early stages and specialist trained officers are supporting family members.
‘I urge anyone who may have information no matter how insignificant they may think it is to please contact the major incident room.’
Information and digital footage can be submitted online via the police’s public portal. 
Alternatively, please call police on101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence *0032634.

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