Wednesday 1 July 2015

Operation Pallial, 5 Convictions

A former Metropolitan police officer has been found guilty of historic sex offences in North Wales.
At the end of a two month trial at Mold Crown Court, a jury considering the cases of seven defendants charged with sex abuse in the Wrexham area in the 1970s and 80s have returned with a further verdict.
Former police officer Julian Huxley, 70, who at the time worked as a civil servant at Wrexham Barracks, has been convicted of two charges of indecent assault on the main complainant, by a 10 to two majority.
The case against him has been adjourned for sentence.
Jury members have now been sent home for an eighth time and will return tomorrow (July 1) in respect of the final defendant Keith Stokes, 62, a former haulier and abattoir manager, from Quarry Hill in Farndon, Chester.
Stokes has already been found not guilty of one charge of indecency with a child.
He faces three charges of indecent assault, one charge of buggery and one charge of attempted buggery.
Yesterday (June 29) the jury found defendant Neil Phoenix, 63, of Windsor Road, New Broughton, Wrexham , guilty of the one charge he faced, indecent assault on a boy at the home of Gary Cooke, who was alleged to have been at the centre of a paedophile ring in the 1980s.
The men were arrested as part of Operation Pallial , a National Crime Agency investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse.

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