North East Wales

Three men guilty of historical Wrexham sex abuse

Gary Cooke, David Lightfoot and Roy Norry
Image caption Gary Cooke, David Lightfoot and Roy Norry have been convicted of a string of historical sex offences

Three men have been found guilty of historical sexual offences against children carried out in the Wrexham area during the 1980s.

Mold Crown Court heard victims were assaulted at sex parties at the home of Gary Cooke, 64, who was convicted of 16 offences.

David Lightfoot, 72, and former local radio presenter Roy Norry, 55, were also convicted of several offences.

The jury will continue considering charges against four others on Friday.

The trial has been under way since April after the men were arrested as part of the Operation Pallial investigation into historical sexual abuse of children across north Wales.

Verdicts

  • Former wrestler Gary Cooke, 64, of Leicester, guilty of 11 charges of indecent assault, three serious sexual assaults, and two charges of indecency with a child
  • Ex-bar owner David Lightfoot, 72, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, guilty of six charges of indecent assault on a male, two serious sexual assaults and an attempted serious sexual assault. He was cleared of one charge of indecency with a child
  • Former radio DJ Roy Norry, 55, from Hamilton Road, Connah's Quay, was found guilty of five indecent assaults on a male and one serious sexual assault. He was cleared of attempted serious sexual assault and indecent assault
  • Roger Griffiths, 76, of Wrexham, has been found not guilty of one charge of indecent assault. Another charge is still being considered by the jury
  • Keith Stokes, 62, from Farndon, Chester, has also been found not guilty on one charge of indecency with a child - but several other charges are still being considered.
  • George Phoenix, 63, of Wrexham, is charged with one indecent assault - verdict still being considered
  • Edward Huxley, 70, of Cookham, Berkshire, is charged with two counts of indecent assault - verdicts still being considered

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